HHS and DOT Release Draft White Paper on EMS Innovation Opportunities

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA), and the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) at HHS have jointly collaborated on the development of a draft white paper that presents one example model of the potential for cost savings if EMS systems adopted protocols and strategies to innovatively triage and treat patients.

The draft white paper, "Innovation Opportunities for Emergency Medical Services," can be downloaded here. The draft paper and model concept are intended to help local, regional, tribal, and state EMS and health system planners prepare frameworks, options, and funding strategies for innovative collaboration among health providers.

Readers are encouraged to review the white paper and to provide the agencies with comments, suggestions, or additional data. Comments on the draft paper can be submitted to nhtsa.ems@dot.gov.