Advanced transportation technologies and ITS applications benefit both the public and the EMS community through prevention of life-threatening incidents, followed by improved communications and the exchange of information relevant to incident scenes and seriously injured victims.
Proven and emerging transportation technologies will enhance transportation operations in multiple ways. Most significantly advanced technologies will promote and facilitate:
- Systems interoperability
- Systems interfacing
- Systems coordination
ITS applications and advanced transportation technologies incorporated into transportation operations services, call for a corresponding increase in systems’ interoperability and information interfaces. Both are essential to effective and efficient emergency medical services.
Continuing research thus becomes integral to ensuring the delivery of the highest quality care within a pre-hospital setting. The EMS community will participate in such research, and in the evaluation of outcomes and recommendations.
Communities of Interest
Emergency Medical Services
The procurement and deployment of new emergency medical services technologies represents a transitional imbalance among EMS providers. Desired interfacing of public safety systems will require carefully crafted transition and cutover strategies.
Refinement of partnerships among first-responders and between public agencies, in addition to the advancement of interoperability of emergency communications, represents a continuing challenge to all public safety agencies.
Recruiting and retaining emergency medical service professionals and trained volunteers is a persistent EMS community challenge. Clearly, this challenge takes different dimensions in rural regions and in difficult to access communities.
Within the First-responder community, Emergency Medical Service (EMS) providers represent the first-line of on-scene extended medical care to individuals in life-threatening situations. Within the transportation operations and public safety services environment, the EMS community manages first-response services to injured travelers, while also preserving important elements of incident scenes for post-incident study.
The EMS community persistently pursues a national goal of creating a seamless nationwide network of coordinated and accountable state, regional, and local Emergency Medical Services and emergency care systems. The systems apply public health principles, data, and evidence as a basis for safe and effective care in day-to-day operations, as well as during catastrophic events. Within this national goal, TSAG supports the advancement of specific EMS target programs, including:
- Advanced technologies for EMS in Transportation Operations
- Development of coordinated EMS systems across the nation
- Exchange of information about EMS issues and concerns
- Cooperation between agencies in areas of emergency communications
- Strengthened partnerships with and among state and national governments, professional organizations, and other appropriate public and private entities
Within its fundamental responsibility of delivering treatment and evacuation to those in need of urgent medical care, EMS professionals are supported through advanced communication technologies and advanced medical telematics applications.