NEMSMA Releases New Position Paper on Paramedicine Nomenclature

The National EMS Management Association (NEMSMA) has issued a new Position Paper promoting common language in the field of Paramedicine. NEMSMA is advocating that the term “Paramedicine” be used to describe the discipline of pre-hospital medicine (historically called EMS) and that the term “paramedic” become the standard reference to all individual providers.

For nearly half of a century US ambulance services and providers alike have used a variety of names to describe themselves and the work they do. A statement published by The National EMS Advisory Council in December, 2016 cited no less than 37 terms used today to describe this field of health care. Among other points, NEMSMA’s paper asserts that this plethora of terms has, “…perpetuated confusion amongst members of the general public, the media, law makers and insurance providers. There is no common appreciation of the expertise and breadth of services provided by the paramedicine industry and paramedic providers today.”

The NEMSMA position is intended to generate a national dialogue about the issue leading to positive change.

You can find the position paper at this link.

The National EMS Management Association Introduces the Information and Technology Committee

Are you interested in the information and technology needed to provide better patient care and support agency management?
 
Then we invite you to join and participate in NEMSMA’s newly formed Information and Technology Committee!
 
The Board of the National EMS Management Association (NEMSMA) is happy to announce the formation of its 11th committee, the Information and Technology Committee (ITC). Each committee has a board liaison to support the committee chairperson appointed by the president. NEMSMA members volunteer their expertise and time to pursue the goals and objectives of the association.
 
Board member Nick Nudell, serving as the ITC Board liaison, commented, “This is the perfect way for paramedics interested in information and technology to get involved in their profession.” The ITC is responsible for establishing the professional expectations and competencies required of an EMS agency’s information managers. NEMSMA President Vince Robbins says, “These are equivalent to the CIO positions in most corporations.”
 
The ITC will establish a new ITC Officer credential along with education requirements for the various facets of the ITC role, and develop materials to support this officer’s responsibility as a critical team member. The ITC will work to develop position papers on this subject and identify best practices for information management in EMS agencies. 
 
Current NEMSMA members wishing to serve on the Information and Technology Committee may go to www.nemsma.org/index.php/contact to complete the Contact Form or by e-mailing Board Liaison Nick Nudell at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 
If you are not currently a member, please consider joining NEMSMA today and lending your support to the continued advancement of the emergency medical services industry.  You can do so by visiting our website at www.nemsma.org or calling Membership Coordinator, Melissa Coons at 888-424-9850. 
 

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