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The Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) is the designated lead agency for the state’s trauma care system. The Mission of the Division of Trauma and Injury Prevention is “to develop, implement and provide oversight of a statewide comprehensive trauma care system that prevents injuries, saves lives, and improves the care and outcomes of trauma victims.” A significant part of the Division’s mission involves collecting data from Emergency Medical Services (EMS) providers, hospitals with emergency departments and rehabilitation facilities. In order to create a system to collect this information, the Indiana Trauma Registry was implemented in 2007, and in 2013, the ISDH implemented the Indiana State EMS Bridge (https://indianaems.isdh.in.gov/). The combination of EMS and trauma data allows Indiana to develop a more robust data system with which we can create a better patient care system.
Gov. Mike Pence signed the Trauma Registry rule in November 2013, which changed the reporting requirements for all Indiana Department of Homeland Security (IDHS) Certified EMS Providers. All EMS providers that transport patients, including both basic and advanced life support, are required to submit data to the Indiana Trauma Registry, per 410 IAC 34-4-1. The data required to be provided to the registry by EMS providers must be reported to the registry by the fifteenth day of the month following the month in which the incident occurred, per 410 IAC 34-6-1. Additionally, reporting is required using the most current version of the National EMS Information System (NEMSIS) data, per 410 IAC 34-5-1 (d).
ISDH selected the software vendor ImageTrend from Minneapolis, MN, to collect the diverse information collected by the Indiana Trauma Registry. The software is compliant with both NEMSIS and Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPPA).
ImageTrends’ Indiana State EMS Bridge (https://indianaems.isdh.in.gov/) makes it easy for EMS Providers to comply with the reporting requirements and to help improve Indiana’s system development. This is done by offering two different options:
As of March 2015, more than 189 EMS Providers actively submit data to the Registry.
Contact Murray Lawry, EMS Registry Manager, with any questions.
Once the ISDH begins receiving run sheet data from your Service, our staff will create a bi-monthly report specifically for your service. These reports present certain data elements from your submitted data to compare your service to others around the state. The bi-monthly reports created for your Service will not be shared with any other Service.
In addition to provider-specific reports, our staff creates bi-monthly statewide reports, as shown below:
EMS Registry Manager
Division of Trauma and Injury Prevention