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EMS Data Reports & Research

Emergency Medical Services Section

  •  850-245-4440
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    Fax

    850-488-2512
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    Mailing Address

    Florida Department of Health 

    4052 Bald Cypress Way Bin A-22 

    Tallahassee, FL 32399 

General Reporting Information 

Health care records submitted to the Department from licensed emergency medical services (EMS) providers are made confidential and exempt from public records requests by section 401.30(4), Florida Statutes. The Department has created an electronic means by which the licensee can transfer individual patient care records of emergency calls to the Department called the Emergency Medical Services Tracking and Reporting System (EMSTARS).  A list of data elements available can be found at www.floridaemstars.com. Certain data elements are confidential, as they could be used to identify individuals. However, EMSTARS provides the submitting EMS agency with an abundance of reporting tools that can be used for local performance improvement and benchmarking.  The EMS agencies may log into the EMSTARS CDX to view standardized quality assurance reports and to customize reports that assist clinical and operational decision making. The Department also publishes statewide aggregated reports that can be used to determine state level performance. Static versions of various reports are available below. The Department welcomes provider feedback to enhance or support the creation of new reports that can be used to improve EMS care.

Data Request 

The Department encourages the use EMS data for the advancement of medical research. Individuals may request EMSTARS data via the EMSTARS Data Use Agreement. Interested parties should submit the data use agreement to EMSTARS@flhealth.gov. Once the completed form is received by the Department, the request will be reviewed and parties will be notified of approval, denial, or request for more information. Researchers with approved agreements will proceed for approval from the Florida Department of Health (DOH) Institutional Review Board (www.floridahealth.gov/statistics-and-data/data-and-statistics/IRB.html); applications are submitted to the DOH IRB online here at www.floridahealth.gov/provider-and-partner-resources/research/submit-irb-applications.html.

Approvals for the use of prehospital data are not granted automatically, but are reviewed and approved by the department based upon their potential to reduce morbidity and mortality and advance medical research and medical education.  Review and approval by the Florida DOH, Institutional Review Board (IRB) is required for all data that is released. EMS agencies requesting their own data should contact the EMS Section directly.

Please note that data may not be released unless there is a documented need demonstrating the advancement of medical research or medical education in the interest of reducing morbidity or mortality pursuant to Chapter 405, Florida Statutes. 

EMS Maps and Reports

EMS providers may log into EMSTARS-CDX for more comprehensive reporting tools that are used for quality assurance.

National EMS Information System (NEMSIS) 

NEMSIS provides the framework for collecting, storing, and sharing standardized EMS data from states nationwide. The NEMSIS database empowers EMS stakeholders at the local, state, and national levels with the information necessary to accurately assess EMS needs and performance today - and strategically plan for tomorrow.

NEMSIS Public-Release Research Dataset does not contain information that identifies patients, EMS agencies, receiving hospitals, or reporting states.  To access the list of NEMSIS Version 2.2.1 National Elements and those shared at the public level please click here. Additionally, there are several aggregated reports available to assist EMS agencies at the local, state, and national levels. To make a request for data including additional NEMSIS variables, contact N. Clay Mann clay.mann@hsc.utah.edu.

The DOH is dedicated to providing excellent customer service. For information on the Florida's EMS data systems, please contact the EMS Section staff at EMSTARS@flhealth.gov.  Please call 850-245-4440 or toll free at 1-800-226-1911 if you need to reach the section by phone.

Under Florida law, e-mail addresses are public records. If you do not want your e-mail address released in response to a public records request, do not send electronic mail to this entity. Instead, contact this office by phone or in writing.

For more information write to:

Florida Department of Health
Division of Emergency Preparedness and Community Support
Bureau of Emergency Medical Oversight
4052 Bald Cypress Way, Bin A-22
Tallahassee, FL 32399-1738
Email: EmergencyMedicalServices@flhealth.gov

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