Governor Jerry Brown today signed into law a bill designed to ensure California has an accurate picture of its emergency medical services (EMS) and expand access to those services.
AB 1129, by Assemblywoman Autumn R. Burke (D-Inglewood), requires EMS providers to collect and submit data electronically to their local governing agency in a format that is consistent with state and national standards.
“Collecting performance data is a hugely important tool for governments in the 21st century,” Burke said. “With this bill, we’ll have accurate, secure, and consistent data to track trends and improve care across the state.”
AB 1129 also prohibits the local governing agency from mandating a specific software package. EMS providers may serve multiple jurisdictions with different requirements for health record systems, increasing that provider’s costs with no additional safety or data-collection benefit. This allows EMS providers to use whichever electronic health record system best suits their needs, as long as it is compliant with state and national standards and can be shared with the local governing agency.
“EMS providers need the freedom to operate in the way that is best for them,” Burke continued. “This bill prevents them from being saddled with duplicative costs, while maintaining our high standards for data collection.”
AB 1129 passed with broad, bipartisan support. It takes effect for new EMS contracts beginning on January 1, 2016.
Assemblywoman Autumn R. Burke represents the 62nd Assembly District, which consists of the cities of Inglewood, Hawthorne, Lawndale, El Segundo, and Gardena as well as the Los Angeles neighborhoods of Westchester, Playa del Rey, Playa Vista, Venice, and parts of Del Rey. Additionally, the 62nd Assembly District includes the unincorporated Los Angeles County communities of Del Aire, West Athens, Lennox, Westmont, and Marina del Rey.