Linking EMS, Trauma, Healthcare, and Crash Data Systems

Faculty Member: Greg Mears, MD

Project Description: This project, funded by the North Carolina Governor’s Highway Safety Program, will begin January 1, 2010 and will end December 31, 2010.  The purpose of this project is to establish a formal ongoing linkage of existing North Carolina Motor Vehicle Crash, EMS, Emergency Department, Trauma, Hospital, and Medical Examiners Data Sources.  Since each of these healthcare data systems are in use statewide, the resulting NC Outcomes Data System will allow, for the first time, the measurement of the incidence and outcomes associated with all North Carolina traffic related injury.  It will serve as a valuable tool in the ongoing development, evaluation, and improvement of North Carolina’s Highway Safety Program and Trauma System of Care.