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   Minnesota has a newly implemented, web-based, statewide data system called MNSTAR (Minnesota Statewide Ambulance Reporting), which went online on April 1, 2003. It gives Minnesota's 256 agencies the flexibility to collect their own data and then upload to the state via XML or enter their runs via a web browser using an online run form. This state-of-the-art system has positioned Minnesota into a national leadership position in EMS data collection.

Data alone has little value, however when data is turned into information using data analysis and reporting, then useful results follow. Funding justifications, improved training programs and preparedness can all be positively influenced with information obtained from EMS data. MNSTAR's report writing feature allows any size agency to have access to data and to define their own reports, publish them in several different formats, and schedule when the reports are to be automatically run and distributed via email. This data mining tool is also available to the EMSRB for statistical analysis of the state's 400,000+ annual runs.

Data entering into the system is rated utilizing a custom validity engine that checks the data for completeness. Not only is quality data available, but HIPAA security is constantly assured. Minnesota is currently implementing an upgrade to the latest NHTSA 2.0 dataset as defined by NEMSIS. The MNSTAR system was developed for Minnesota by ImageTrend, Inc.

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   The Emergency Medical Services Regulatory Board is the state agency responsible for: licensing ambulance services, certifying emergency medical personnel, approving emergency medical services training programs, designating and funding eight regional EMS organizations that support emergency medical services, funding the Comprehensive Advanced Life Support (CALS) Program for training rural emergency room teams, administering the volunteer ambulance training grant program, and the longevity program for volunteer ambulance personnel and the EMS for Children (EMSC) grant program.

The EMSRB is dedicated to improving emergency medical care for the people of Minnesota. If you would like to know more about MNSTAR or the EMSRB, please contact us.

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