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When industry pioneers and experts collaborated on the development of the Emergency Medical Services Agenda for the Future two decades ago, they set forth a vision for the future of EMS system improvements. The 1996 Agenda visualized data-driven, evidence-based EMS systems integrated with community partners.
Emergency medical services (EMS) of the future will be community-based health management that is fully integrated with the overall healthcare system. It will have the ability to identify and modify illness and injury risks, provide acute illness and injury care and follow-up, and contribute to treatment of chronic conditions and community health monitoring. This new entity will be developed from redistribution of existing health care resources and will be integrated with other health care providers and public health and public safety agencies. It will improve community health and result in more appropriate use of acute health care resources. EMS will remain the public’s emergency medical safety net.
Much of that vision was realized over the past 20 years due to the motivation, planning and commitment of the organizations which took part in its development.
The original Agenda document was also the foundation for the continued planning and engagement of many EMS leaders and stakeholder organizations who worked together to develop an Agenda for the Future Implementation Guide. In addition, a series of visioning documents including the Rural and Frontier EMS Agenda for the Future, the EMS Education Agenda for the Future: A Systems Approach, the EMS Workforce Agenda for the Future and the National EMS Scope of Practice Model were also developed.
As we embark upon the development of a new vision for the nation’s EMS system, the EMS community will focus on how the industry may develop over the course of the next 30 years, and that will surely include a thorough review of the efforts that came before today.
Below are links to a variety of historical documents and information: