What is NEMSIS

Nemsis is a national effort to standardize the data collected by EMS agencies.

The National Emergency Medical Services Information System (NEMSIS) is the national database that is used to store EMS data from the U.S. States and Territories. NEMSIS is a universal standard for how patient care information resulting from prehospital EMS activations is collected. NEMSIS is a collaborative system to improve patient care through the standardization, aggregation, and utilization of point of care EMS data at a local, state, and national level. NEMSIS is a product of NHTSA’s Office of EMS and in collaboration with the University of Utah is the host of the Technical Assistance Center (TAC).

Why the need for a National EMS Database?

NEMSIS provides the framework for collecting, storing, and sharing standardized EMS data from States nationwide. The NEMSIS uniform dataset and database help local, state, and national EMS stakeholders more accurately assess EMS needs and performance, as well as support better strategic planning for the EMS systems of tomorrow. Data from NEMSIS is also used to help benchmark performance, determine the effectiveness of clinical interventions, and facilitate cost-benefit analyses.

Benefits of a National EMS Database Such a database will be useful in:

  • Developing Nationwide EMS Training Curricula
  • Evaluating Patient and EMS System Outcomes
  • Providing Valuable Information on Other Issues or Areas of Need Related to EMS Care
  • Addressing Resources for Disaster and Domestic Preparedness
  • Facilitating Research Efforts
  • Determining National Fee Schedules and Reimbursement Rates