EMS Technology Assessment Template

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the National Association of EMS Physicians (NAEMSP) have jointly established the Technology and EMS Project’s Technical Consultation Committee (TCC). This group, comprised of experienced Emergency Medical Services (EMS) personnel, administrators and medical directors as well as industry representatives, developed the EMS Technology Assessment Template contained in this document. It can be used by EMS technology developers, manufacturers, and consumers in the evaluation of new technology. The template may also help guide manufacturers and EMS technology consumers when considering the development of trials to evaluate the performance of new technology. This technology assessment template is designed to evaluate information technology and EMS devices that provide data about patients, evaluation-oriented clinical patient information, or decision support tools. The template may also be used by consumers to determine assessment criteria for other types of EMS equipment and treatments. This technology assessment template consists of two major sections followed by a scoring worksheet and a literature review. Section A is a descriptive section and presents information about the technology that may not have peer-reviewed literature support. The information presented in this section may be theoretical, presumptive, or in many cases, an educated guess. Section B asks for the objective literature and evidentiary evaluation of the technology, and describes levels and potential types of evaluation to be performed. Most technologies will have a very limited number of objective evaluations reported. Section C, the evaluation worksheet, is for use by the TCC, medical director, or EMS system to summarize and score the information provided through the use of the template. Section D, a literature review, presents journal, book and Internet references used during the development of this template as well as examples of various other technology assessment tools. Comments, summaries, and excerpts of these resources are included. Section E contains the TCC member roster.

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    National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590

    National Association of EMS Physicians

    P.O. Box 15945-281
    Lenexa, KS  United States  66285-5945

    Federal Highway Administration

    ITS Joint Program Office
    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Publication Date: 2008-1


  • English

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  • Media Type: Web
  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: 25p

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01106154
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: HS-810 873
  • Files: HSL, NTL, TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Aug 6 2008 10:24AM