The decision to revise the National EMS Data Standard is initiated by the need to update the standard to accurately reflect changes in EMS service and care. Abundant consideration is given to the consequences a revision has on clinicians, EMS agencies, States, Territories, and EMS Software Vendors.

Significant collaboration among many different stakeholder groups is required to warrant the need for a revision, and then to ensure the practicality and usefulness of the proposed changes. The process, on average, is a four-year cycle of collaboration and balloting potential revisions including proposal collection, review, posting, and implementation of a new data standard.

Click here to find out more about the process of developing a revision to the NEMSIS Data Standard. https://nemsis.org/v3-5-0-revision/

Information includes how decisions are made including the extensive collaboration that take place to fine-tune the data standard for completeness, efficiency, and ease of use for the field clinicians.

To view a timeline of the versioning process, click here: https://nemsis.org/v3-5-0-revision/when-will-changes-take-place/

National Infectious Disease Elements/Values

In response to the 2020 COVID-19 epidemic, the NEMSIS TAC was directed to develop National Custom Elements and Values that would aid in the identification of potential COVID-19 infections and improve the characterization of the EMS response to potential infections.
A FAQ describing these Elements and Values can be found here: National Infectious Disease Elements/Values (updated 02/01/2021)

Software Recertification Required Before 2021

The end of the year is fast approaching, so please be advised that you may need to recertify your software to remain compliant on the V3.4.0 NEMSIS Standard. Our new policy requires recertification every two years and takes effect on January 1st, 2021. Keep in mind that if you serve customers in the State of California, they require annual recertification, and your recertification date maybe sooner.

You can find your certification date on the NEMSIS website Compliant Vendors page: Compliant Vendors

To avoid any delays in the certification process, please consider seeking recertification at your earliest convenience, since there will be limited appointments available in December due to the holiday season. If you are unsure of your need to recertify, please contact Laurel Baeder for verification.