Using data to influence the delivery of exceptional service to the community

Florida continues its commitment to providing quality Emergency Medical Services (EMS) for its citizens and visitors, services that are founded on the principles of quality improvement, ensuring that an optimal, uniform and standard of prehospital emergency medical care is available to everyone in Florida.

To make this commitment a reality, the Florida Prehospital EMS Tracking and Reporting System (EMSTARS) program was created. This program provides for the collection of incident level data from EMS agencies and subsequent analysis for benchmarking and identifying quality improvement initiatives. This program has been implemented with the guidance of the EMS Advisory Council Data Committee who has defined and maintains a Data Dictionary ensuring the standardized collection of EMS incident data into the state repository providing project oversight and steering.

Additional information about Florida's Prehospital EMS Tracking and Reporting System is available in this EMSTARS Basic Facts  document.

Spotlight - NEMSIS Version 3.3.4 Transition and ePCR Software Validation

Florida is committed to its continued compliance with National EMS Data Collection Standards.  In preparation for the next phase of national compliance with NEMSIS V.3.x, the Florida Department of Health in conjunction with the EMS Advisory Council Data committee developed a new Florida Data Dictionary consistent with the new NEMSIS V3.x EMS data collection standards.

It is Florida’s intent to transition to the new data collection standards as follows:

  • Application for Vendor Validation applications will be accepted beginning April 1, 2015
  • Florida EMS agencies wishing to move to V3 data submission must request a data submission version change via email to Data Unit staff  beginning May 1, 2015.
  • Planned closure date for receiving EMSTARS1.4 Data Dictionary files submissions (NEMSIS 2.2.1) – December, 2016.

New submitting agencies may move to EMSTARS-CDX utilizing the Florida Data Dictionary 1.4 until December 2015.  After that time, agencies should wait until they are able to submit according to the Florida V3 Data Dictionary.

The department is committed to assuring that EMS agencies are provided with the best possible situation to be successful at submitting data to improve the quality of prehospital care. The Health Information and Policy Analysis Section (HIPAS/Data Unit) in the Bureau of Emergency Medical Oversight (BEMO) will validate ePCR software vendors in the state of Florida.  HIPAS will validate NEMSIS compliant and Non-NEMSIS compliant software.  This validation process will ensure that Florida elements, custom elements and Florida business rules have been implemented. The Vendor Validation Process can be viewed on the Florida EMSTARS website.   http://www.floridaemstars.com

For further information and assistance, please contact the HIPAS staff, Data Unit staff by email.

Florida has a very broad public records law. Most written communications to or from state officials regarding state business are public records available to the public and media upon request. Your email communications may therefore be subject to disclosure

If you have a story to tell, or something or someone to Spotlight, please contact Joshua Sturms at the Bureau of EMS, Data Unit.

This page was reviewed and updated on April 20, 2018