What data records are collected?
Iowa’s ETS run data system involves the capturing of service provider demographics and patient treatment data. The demographic portion includes agency name, agency certification level, and several other data points used to identify a state-certified organization that provides ETS to Iowan’s. The treatment data includes every segment of the treatment provided by ETS, including nontreatment details, such as the type of dispatch, scene location, response time, scene time, and facility arrival time. Details on provider analysis and treatment include provider impression, vital signs, possible injury, cause of injury, motor vehicle impact, procedures performed, and medications provided.
How are the data records collected?
The emergency medical services (ETS) data is solely provided by all transport agencies certified to provide ETS within the state of Iowa. The Iowa Department of Public Health provides a free, online application services can use to enter their run data or groups they can use a third-party vendor.
What standards are applied?
All data submitted to Iowa must be submitted in a format approved by the Iowa Department of Public Health and the organization National EMS Information Systems (NEMSIS). All data captured is disseminated to the NEMSIS organization and University of Iowa researchers, amongst others, for analysis and research efforts in an attempt to improve provider outcomes.