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NEMSIS Public Comment Period

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Posted: Monday, February 8, 2010 9:48 AM

The NEMSIS Version 3 Final Draft is now available for download and review. Please go to for additional information.

Download and Spreadsheet of recommended National, State, and Performance Measure Data Elements here:

Public Comments will be accepted online through the NEMSIS website beginning Monday (February 8th) through March 31st, 2010.  Comments prior to March 1, 2010 are appreciated.

This is the second of 3 draft documents leading to a final Version 3 dataset in May of 2010.  During this same time period the NEMSIS dataset is migrating into the HL7 based standards with a goal of formal HL7 balloting and approval ending in 2012.

The goal of this draft release is to allow all NEMSIS users, EMS experts, and interested parties to review the dataset and provide comments and/or suggestions through the NEMSIS website at To focus this review, the draft 2 document has been consolidated to provide only the key information relative to data collect data collection and application.  Software related business logic/rules, XML structure, data element value codes, and Version 2 to 3 translational mapping is not included in this public comment.  A separate public comment period will be provided for the business logic and XML structure components of NEMSIS Version 3 in the 2nd quarter of 2010.

The first few pages of the NEMSIS Version 3 Draft provides an overview and summary of the document.  Additional content will be provided over the next week to better describe the changes between Version 2 and Version 3.

The NEMSIS Technical Assistance Center is interested in all comments.  With each comment please provide insight into the reason for the recommended change. Review of this draft should focus on the following:

  • Missing EMS topics or information that NEMSIS should collect
  • National and State Data Element groups.  Recommendations to increase or decrease each list
  • The completeness of all NEMSIS data element definitions and their associated values
  • Comments on any of the Performance Measure Topics and their associated data element list
  • Comments on how to improve the NEMSIS dataset use or implementation

Version 3 of NEMSIS will be finalized in May of 2010 based on all comments received during this public comment period.  In an effort to assure this document has been developed through an objective EMS industry consensus process, the only changes or additions to the NEMSIS Version 3 Draft considered are the comments received through the NEMSIS Version 3 wiki found at

Deadline for comments:  March 31, 2010

Go to to submit comments

Thanks for your participation in this important process.

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