Community Health EMS is an innovative model for providing quality primary care and preventative services in a community. By utilizing Emergency Medical Services (EMS) personnel to provide services, it employs a currently available and often underutilized healthcare resource.
Primary care providers refer patients to EMS personnel to provide services in the patient’s home. The EMS personnel use skills and interventions that are within their current scope of practice including: hospital discharge follow-up, medication reconciliation, wound care, etc. Those EMS personnel then communicate back to the primary care provider to ensure accountability and oversight.
In rural areas, EMS personnel acting in this expanded role can provide health services where access to primary care facilities may be limited or non-existent. Community Health EMS can, in many cases, be a medically underserved community’s only access to basic healthcare.
Idaho’s EMS Advisory Committee has recently formed a Community Health EMS Subcommittee, tasked with exploring and gathering information on this topic. This webpage will be clearinghouse for resources, documents and materials on Community Health EMS.
More information on Community Health EMS
International Roundtable on Community Paramedicine Trip Report
Ada County Paramedic webpage
Ada County Community Paramedic Program Update-March 2014
Ada County Community Paramedic Program Update-December 2014
For more information about the Ada County Paramedics Community Health EMS Program contact Mark Babson at firstname.lastname@example.org