Category Archives: EMSinnovations

Working Document To Be Discussed at National Steering Committee Meeting

We are looking forward to the upcoming meeting in Washington, D.C. on September 21, that will take place at the Kaiser Family Foundation. There are a few seats remaining and you can click here to register as an attendee or click here to register for the WEBCAST.

Below is a draft “working document” to which many of you have contributed, either by taking the Promoting Innovation in EMS (PIE) survey, being interviewed, attending regional conferences, or serving on our steering committee. Keep in mind as you read that this is still the beginning of a long, iterative process and we expect the recommendations in the final publication will evolve significantly from their current form. New ones will emerge and the committee may decide to cut many existing ones. Therefore, we would very much appreciate your constructive feedback to help us improve the recommendations as we consider for whom each is intended, the problem they are intended to solve, and mold them into actionable proposals.

Promoting Innovation in EMS Draft Recommendations-9-17-15

National PIE Meeting Agenda-final

Agenda for the National Steering Committee Meeting

We are looking forward to the upcoming meeting in Washington, D.C. on September 21, that will take place at the Kaiser Family Foundation. There are a few seats remaining and you can click here to register as an attendee.

The regional stakeholder meetings held in New York and California in May were, in part, an opportunity to learn about specific innovative EMS projects going on at the local level in the respective regions of the United States. Subsequent to these meetings, and following analyses of focus groups, public surveys on this website, and interviews, many recommendations have emerged to overcome barriers to innovation across several distinct and important areas: Legal and Regulatory, Financial, Education, Medical Direction, Interdisciplinary Collaboration, Regional coordination within EMS, and Data and Telecommunication.

As indicated in the agenda below, each of these themes will receive dedicated time to look at the corresponding draft recommendations for each theme. Members of the National Steering Committee for the P.I.E. project will be leading the individual sessions and every attendee at the meeting will have the opportunity to contribute to the review of the draft recommendation.


National PIE Meeting Agenda-final

National Meeting on Sept 21st – Register and Reserve Hotel now!

Register here and make hotel reservations here!

In little less than a month, the Promoting Innovation in Emergency Medical Services (P.I.E.) project will hold its National Steering Committee Meeting in Washington D.C. The project aims to address current regulatory, financial, and technological barriers to improving EMS in the U.S. and provide guidance to implementing innovative EMS delivery models.

Thus far, the project team has collected input from key EMS and healthcare stakeholders from around the country through surveys and in depth interviews, and has held two regional stakeholder meetings, focused on local obstacles, in San Diego and New York. With this data, the team has identified specific barriers to EMS innovation and started the process of creating recommendations to overcome these barriers. At the national meeting, the project team will convene in person to further develop the recommendations. Afterward, the iterative process of getting feedback from relevant stakeholders and cultivating the recommendations will continue. The end goal of this two year project is to create a National Framework Document of actionable, tangible recommendations that a communities at the local, state and national level can actually use.

The project co-leaders, Kevin Munjal, MD, from the Mount Sinai Health System, and James Dunford, Jr., MD, from the University of California, San Diego, will be present, as well as representatives from project sponsors at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the United States Department of Health and Human Services, and the United States Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Health Affairs.

The event will take place from 9:00AM – 5:00PM and will be held at the Kaiser Family Foundation’s Barbara Jordan Conference Center on 1330 G Street, NW, Washington, DC, 20005. 

Space is limited, so register now!

Hotel reservations can be made at the Washington Marriott at Metro Center on 775 12th Street NW, Washington, DC 20005.

Make your reservation here!

Innovations in EMS Presentation from Regional Conference

The month of May was a huge success for the P.I.E. project. We had great attendance on both the West and East coasts and if you were not able to join us, the CALIFORNIA and NEW YORK webcasts are available.

The next meeting will be the National Steering Committee Meeting on September 21, 2015 in Washington, D.C. CLICK HERE to register if you have not already.

The slides from Dr. Munjal’s presentations at both of the May meeings are below:

May Regional Meetings Complete

We would like to thank everyone that participated in the California and New York Regional Meetings during the month of May. The webcasts can be found HERE for California and HERE for New York. The proceedings papers from each meeting will be published on this website in the coming weeks. The National Workgroup meeting will take place on September 21, 2015, and you can register HERE to reserve a seat at this meeting.

Details and Agenda for May 11, 2015: P.I.E. Project Meeting in San Diego

We are looking forward to seeing the attendees on Monday for the Promoting Innovation in EMS: California Regional Stakeholder meeting. As you know, this conference is designed to provide an opportunity for direct input to the federal government’s desire to expand innovation in Emergency Medical Services. Below is the agenda which will take place from 8A-5P at the West Health Institute in La Jolla, California.

You will see that the morning session will include 2 sets of “lightning rounds” to highlight current innovation. During Round 1, it’s hoped that all 12 California community paramedic pilot programs will describe their current efforts. During Round 2, similarly brief descriptions of cutting-edge clinical and technological innovations will be shared. Each speaker will keep their remarks to 5 minutes, focusing on the following questions:

1 – What are the primary objectives of your innovation?
2 – What barriers most impede to you?
3 – What solutions have you already identified?
4 – What should occur to improve your chance of success?

If you are attending (registration required) remember traffic is congested on I-5 during the Monday morning rush hour so plan accordingly. It can easily take 30 minutes to drive from San Diego International Airport (aka Lindbergh Field) to the conference site.

As of 5/7/2015, there are only 10 seats remaining for the meeting, and you must register to attend in person. The conference will be webcast and a set of event proceedings will be subsequently produced.

The following is the webcast address for the event:

Thanks again – we’re looking forward to a productive day.