UNC professor named top 10 innovator in emergency medical services

Tuesday, April 21, 2009 — Greg D. Mears, M.D., an associate professor in the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine’s emergency medicine department, has been named one of the top 10 innovators in emergency medical services for 2008 by the Journal of Emergency Medical Services.

The journal selected Mears, who is also medical director of the North Carolina Office of Emergency Medical Services, for his work in developing and obtaining grants for statewide EMS data systems.

Web-based systems created and managed by Mears include the Prehospital Medical Information System (PreMIS), which collects data on EMS call reports made within the state; the Credentialing Information System (CIS), a database used by state regulatory offices to monitor and provide credentials to EMS personnel, ambulances and EMS agencies and to track and document EMS personnel education, credentials, disciplinary actions and contact information; and the State Medical Asset Resource Tracking Tool (SMARTT), which aims to improve hospitals, EMS systems and state disaster management personnel’s ability to respond to disasters or terrorist events.

Mears’ selection as a top 10 innovator was recognized recently at the EMS Today Conference & Exposition in Baltimore, Md. He was also profiled in a special supplement in the April 2009 issue of the Journal of Emergency Medical Services.

School of Medicine contact: Tom Hughes, (919) 966-6047, tahughes@unch.unc.edu

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