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Launched in February 2012, the Ventura County Electronic Patient Care Reporting System (VCePCR) is the countywide prehospital documentation system used by all agencies in the county to document assessment and care provided to patients from the time units are dispatched through the time patient care is turned over to hospital personnel in the emergency department.  The system is fully compliant with the National EMS Information System (NEMSIS) as well as the California EMS Information System (CEMSIS).  System and agency administrators are able to extract valuable data and information that has the ability to steer important patient care initiatives and system design.  


VCEMS Data Standards and Documentation Guidelines

VCEMS Documentation Guidelines

VCePCR User Guides (NEMSIS v3 - ImageTrend Elite/Elite Field)

California EMS Core Measures

The EMS core measures is a data benchmarking project that began several years ago under the direction of the California EMS Authority.  THe purpose of the core measures project is primarily quality improvement through data collection and evaluation.  In measuring key indices from several counties, state and local EMS administrators can begin to benchamark and drive change in system performance, with the ultimate goal of improving system performance and patient care.  The Ventura County EMS Agency has participated in the California EMS core measures project since the first year of data reporting.  Links to the state core measures website, including the annual core measures reports can be found below.

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Prehospital Services Committee Meeting (PSC)
This group, comprised of Ventura County EMS System stakeholders (response agencies, hospitals, ALS education, and LEMSA), meets regularly to review policies and guidelines to ensure they are relevant and applicable to the current standards of care in EMS.  In addition, current events and issues are discussed and addressed as they relate to EMS system design and development or potential policy/training impacts.  Meeting packets can be found by clicking on the links below.
This group is scheduled to meet on the 2nd Thursday of every month, and operates in accordance with VCEMS Policy 105 - Prehospital Services Committee Operating Guidelines.
Meeting Packets




The Ventura County EMS Agency is initiating a process to review the County’s ambulance system in advance of the expiration of the existing ambulance service agreements on June 30, 2021.

The EMS Agency has procured the services of a contracted coordinator to assist with this process and we also plan to conduct a system wide ambulance assessment, using an independent outside consultant. With input from all local stakeholders, the assessment will seek to analyze the current ambulance system and make recommendations for system improvements designed to optimize patient outcomes within a feasible cost structure. The assessment will also seek to identify current system strengths and weaknesses, system demographics and financial design, and the costs, risks and benefits of our available options, which will be to negotiate new contracts with our existing grandfathered emergency ambulance service providers or to hold a competitive process to modify the existing system and seek new applicants for the provision of emergency ambulance services. Ultimately, the results of the assessment will be presented to the Ventura County Board of Supervisors, who will decide on the direction for future ambulance service agreements.  

Stakeholder Meeting Agendas

Stakeholder Meeting Presentations

Stakeholder Meeting Minutes

Working Group Agendas

Working Group Minutes


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