Emergency Medical Services Agency Research Network (EMSARN) was established January, 2010.  EMSARN is a network of Emergency Medical Services (EMS) agencies assembled by academic and industry leaders for research purposes. We seek to translate this research into tools, information, and resources for the EMS community to use in everyday operations. The overarching goal of EMSARN is to improve quality, safety, and performance in EMS nationwide. 


5 specific aims of EMSARN:

  1. To characterize quality and safety conditions in EMS nationally, annually over a 5 year period.

  2. To produce comparative data for benchmarking purposes on select measures of quality and safety.

  3. To examine the reliability and validity of existing measures of EMS quality and safety and develop new measures.

  4. To develop quality and safety toolkits based on research findings.

  5. To provide EMSARN member agencies with technical assistance with data collection and detailed reports on select measures of quality, safety, and performance.

EMSARN is a resource to the EMS community. We provide the entire EMS community with updated information on issues impacting performance in EMS directly related to the issues / measures being studied or developed.

EMSARN embodies the Institute of Medicine’s (IOM) six “Aims for Improvement” as outlined in the 2001 report “Crossing the Quality Chasm: A New Health System for the 21st Century”


6 Aims for Improvement:

1. Safety

2. Effectiveness

3. Patient-Centeredness

4. Timeliness

5. Efficiency

6. Equity


Funding and Support

Support for EMSARN comes from the Center for Leadership, Innovation, and Research in EMS (www.clirems.org), the Pittsburgh Emergency Medicine Foundation (www.pemf.net), the Department of Emergency Medicine in the School of Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh (www.emergencymedicine.pitt.edu), and the Center for Emergency Medical Services of Western Pennsylvania, Inc. (www.centerem.org).