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MARYLAND INSTITUTE FOR EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES SYSTEMS

ORIGIN & FUNCTIONS


STATE EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES BOARD

The Maryland Institute for Emergency Medical Services Systems is governed by the State Emergency Medical Services Board. Created in 1993, the Board develops and implements an emergency medical system plan for Maryland. The plan defines criteria for designating trauma facilities; guidelines for emergency medical services; improved communications and transportation; public information and education programs; and a system to evaluate emergency care in Maryland.

Eleven members constitute the Board. Nine are appointed to four-year terms by the Governor. Two serve ex officio. The Governor names the chair (Code Education Article, sec. 13-505).


[photo, John M. Murphy Building, 653 West Pratt St., Baltimore, Maryland]

John M. Murphy Building, 653 West Pratt St., Baltimore, Maryland, February 2004. Photo by Diane F. Evartt.


MARYLAND INSTITUTE FOR EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES SYSTEMS

The Maryland Institute for Emergency Medical Services Systems (MIEMSS) is the State administrative agency that oversees and coordinates the statewide emergency medical system in Maryland, including planning, operations, evaluation, and research. Formerly under the University of Maryland at Baltimore, the Institute became an independent agency in 1993 (Chapter 592, Acts of 1993).

The Institute provides leadership and direction for emergency medical systems, conducts and supports educational programs, and operates and maintains a statewide communications system. It licenses and regulates commercial ambulance services, and designates trauma and specialty-care centers. In addition, the Institute assists the State Emergency Medical Services Board to review budgets of agencies receiving funds from its operations fund; develop and promulgate regulations and protocols; and license, certify, and discipline emergency medical services providers.

With the Governor's approval, the Executive Director is appointed by the State Emergency Medical Services Board (Code Education Article, secs. 13-501 through 13-515). The Institute reports to the State Emergency Medical Services Board.

The work of this agency is organized under two main divisions: Field Operations; and Programs and Government Affairs.


FIELD OPERATIONS

Reorganized in 2007, Field Operations is responsible for Communications; the Emergency Medical Resource Center (EMRC) and Systems Communications (SYSCOM); Emergency Operations; Information Technology; and Regional Programs.

COMMUNICATIONS
Communications oversees the operation and expansion of the State's centralized emergency medical communications system. It provides equipment and support to understaffed and rural jurisdictions to speed responsiveness, improve treatment before reaching a hospital, and direct patients to facilities with treatment programs appropriate to the injury.

EMERGENCY MEDICAL RESOURCE CENTER (EMRC)
& SYSTEMS COMMUNICATIONS (SYSCOM)

The Emergency Medical Resource Center coordinates medical consultation between emergency personnel at the scene and hospital physicians. In case of multiple victims, the Center enables the prehospital provider to contact more than one receiving hospital at one time.

Systems Communications provides helicopter dispatch and monitoring. In conjunction with the Department of State Police, it coordinates the transport of critically ill or injured patients by helicopter to area hospitals. It facilitates communication by Med-Evac paramedics with receiving hospitals.

EMERGENCY OPERATIONS & REGIONAL PROGRAMS
Emergency Operations and Regional Programs was established in 2004 as Emergency Operations. In 2007, it merged with Regional Programs.

This division coordinates the disaster preparedness and emergency management responsibilities of the Institute. It works with other governmental units on homeland security, bioterrorism, public health, and emergency response planning. Through five regional offices, the Institute monitors the operations of the emergency management system in each area of the State and supports local responders to coordinate health and medical resources.

With the Maryland Emergency Management Agency, the Institute also labors to prepare the health and medical system response to possible terrorist use of weapons of mass destruction in Maryland. The response plan coordinates the activities of hospitals, public health agencies, law enforcement, emergency medical services, and fire and rescue in the event of such an attack.

INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
Information Technology reorganized as Information Management in 2004, and resumed its original name in 2007.

Under Information Technology is Data Management.


PROGRAMS & GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS

Programs and Government Affairs organized in 2007. This office oversees five programs: Commercial Ambulance Licensing and Regulation; Emergency Medical Services for Children; Health Facilities and Special Programs; Licensure and Compliance; and Public Information and Media Services.

LICENSING & COMPLIANCE
Licensing and Compliance organized in 2004 as Licensing and Medical Programs. It reformed under its present name in 2007.

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