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EMS Data Manager

Chuck Happel, NREMT-P, CCEMTP
Wisconsin Ambulance Run Data System (WARDS) Coordinator
Phone: (608) 266-0471

Wisconsin Department of Health Services
Emergency Medical Services Section
1 West Wilson Street
Madison, WI 53701

Fax: (608) 261-6392

Health Website:
EMS Website: Wisconsin EMS Site
Support Website:
Support Phone:

NEMSIS V3 Implementation Tools

State V3 Implementation Timeline

Information regarding the state transition to and implementation of the v3 Data Standard was last updated on January 4, 2017.

  1. Planned closure date for receiving Version 2.2.1 data: March 31, 2017
  2. Went "Live" with Version 3.3.4: October 1, 2015
  3. Planned date for all EMS agencies to move to Version 3: March 31, 2017
  4. NEMSIS Version being used in Wisconsin: v3.3.4 initially; v3.4.0 as of October 1, 2016.
  5. Additional Information on the transition timeline:
    Active State v3.4.0 system for web entry environment: March 1, 2016.
    Active State v3.4.0 system" for 3rd party XML files: October 1, 2016.

    September 2015: Training for direct entry system users and service leaders begins. Service leaders may start setting up service demographics and other settings for their service for the transition.
    November 2015: Custom values and elements list available to 3rd party vendors.
    November 2015: State Data Dictionary, Schematron, and Business Rules Available for 3rd Party Vendors.

    October 2016: Opening for 3rd party software vendors to apply for state compliance testing and approval. 3rd party software vendor imports into the state system for services will not be turned on unless their software is able to pass Schematron with 96% or greater validation rules result within WARDS.

    March, 2016: Soft Date - EMS Agencies using WARDS directly (web entry). Individual users may not transition. Transition must occur at the service level and all users for a service must use the v3 system once transitioned.

    March 31, 2017: Hard Date - All EMS Agencies using WARDS directly (web entry) must transition by this date.

Submission to the Version 3 National EMS Database:

Information regarding submission to the Version 3 National EMS Database was last updated on September 29, 2016.

  • Date of First v3 Data Submission: February 12, 2016
  • Month and Year of First Record(s) in the v3 Database (Unit Notified by Dispatch Date): June 2015

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