Emergency Medical Services

Guidance for Documenting Drug Overdose-related EMS Trips

The Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) uses a variety of data sources to track drug overdose trends across Georgia. Please see the attached guide for documenting drug overdose-related ED visits and/or EMS trips. 

Notice of Final Proposed Rulemaking to DPH Rule Chapter 511-9-2-.07

The Georgia Department of Public Health, Office of EMS and Trauma (Department) has decided to finalize Chapter 511-9-2-.07, entitled “Licensure of Ground Ambulance Services” as proposed on March 9, 2018. The amendment will become effective on May 14, 2018.

Please review the attached memo from DPH Commissioner, Dr. Pat O’Neal.

Phase 2, Medic License Number Transformation

On May 13, 2018, the Office of EMS and Trauma (Department) will convert all individual licenses issued prior to July 1, 2015 to a new license format that incorporates both components of the license: license level and license number.

If you do not receive an email on May 13, 2018, by midnight, please do the following:

1.  Check you SPAM filter – we have had reports of SENDSS generated emails getting caught up in SPAM filters.

2.  If not in SPAM, make sure that we have your current email address and that it is correct.  Visit our website at https://dph.georgia.gov/links-medics to make corrections.

3.  From the link above, you can print your license at any time.

Please see the attached letter for additional information. For questions or more information you may email us at dph-phemsinfo@dph.ga.gov.

Individual Late License Renewal

April 2, 2018

All Individual EMS licensees with a license expired on 3/31/2018 can continue with our late license renewal process to renew their license. The late license renewal process will be open until 9/30/2018. 

Please visit Renew EMS License page to renew your license. 

Deadline to Transition to NEMSIS V3.4.0

January 9, 2018

We wanted to remind all service licensees (ground ambulance services, neonatal transport services, air ambulance services, and medical first responder services) that the deadline to transition from NEMSIS v2.2.1 to NEMSIS v3.4.0 is rapidly approaching. The deadline is March 31, 2018. On April 1, 2018, the GEMSIS v2.2.1 system will be placed in READ-ONLY mode, meaning that it will not accept data imports nor will it be able to create data.

Our NEMSIS v3.4.0 system, called GEMSIS Elite, is fully functional and is receiving live incident data. We have been working with 3rd party vendors answering questions and testing data imports for GEMSIS Elite. Important note: It is the responsibility of each agency to coordinate the agency’s transition to v3.4.0 with their vendor.

For agencies that are still using GEMSIS v2.2.1 and/or Field Bridge to create incident records AND who have not already scheduled or received training, please contact Dipti Patel in our office to schedule your Agency Administrator training. Dipti can be reached by email at dipti.patel@dph.ga.gov


The deadline to transition to NEMSIS v3.4.0 is March 31, 2018.


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