Topics: Emergency medical services

For more information and resources, see RHIhub’s Emergency Medical Services and Trauma topic guide.

EMS Leaders Speak

Rural EMS leaders group


With the recent changes in healthcare delivery, many rural clinics and hospitals are concerned about the future of their communities’ healthcare, especially their emergency medical services. Will EMS in rural areas survive these changes, and is there an opportunity to thrive in a volume-to-value system? We asked five rural EMS leaders to explore the possible challenges and opportunities in the transformation of rural healthcare delivery.

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September 7, 2016

Expecting More Services for Less Compensation

Diane Calmus


Diane Calmus, Government Affairs and Policy Manager at the National Rural Health Association, explores the need for a new hospital model to help rural communities gain and maintain access to emergency medical services.

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September 7, 2016

Being Forward-Thinking as EMS Agencies Plan for the Future

Don Wood


Don Wood, Director of the Utah Office of Primary Care and Rural Health and Co-chair of the Joint Committee on Rural EMS Care (JCREC), discusses the effects of hospital closures on rural EMS and the role telehealth might play in the future delivery of emergency care.

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September 7, 2016

Opportunities to Provide Better Healthcare and Better Value

Tom Nehring


Tom Nerhing, Co-chair of the Joint Committee on Rural EMS Care (JCREC) and Division Director at the North Dakota Department of Health, Division of EMS and Trauma, shares how the changes in healthcare delivery can be an opportunity for emergency medical services to provide an even greater service to rural communities.

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September 7, 2016