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About the Author:

Dr. Greg Mears

Dr. Mears joined ZOLL in 2012 as Medical Director. He has been an emergency medical services physician, educator, and specialist in performance improvement for more than 20 years. He demonstrates a passion for building integrated systems of care and for using real-time data to drive EMS operational and clinical decisions. In 2008, the Journal of Emergency Medical Services recognized Dr. Mears as the Top Innovator in EMS. Prior to joining ZOLL, Dr. Mears served as the Director of Innovation for the Department of Emergency Medicine at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where he was a clinical professor of emergency medicine. In addition, he served as the North Carolina State EMS Medical Director for 13 years and was the creator and Medical Director of the Emergency Medical Services Performance Improvement Center (EMSPIC). Dr. Mears received his medical degree from the University of Missouri and completed his residency in emergency medicine at the Wake Forest University. Dr. Mears was the original principal investigator for the National EMS Information System (NEMSIS), the standard for EMS data and medical record systems, from 2001 to 2006, coinvestigator/ medical director for the project until 2011, and has served on the advisory board since 2011. He recently completed the National EMS Assessment, funded by National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), which serves as a key resource for EMS policy and development. He is a member of and has served in leadership roles of multiple professional organizations including American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP), National Association of EMS Physicians (NAEMSP), and National Association of State EMS Officials (NASEMSO).

Recent Posts by Dr. Greg Mears

Dr. Greg Mears | Jul 3, 2018

What Does Integration into the Healthcare System Look Like for EMS?

Paul Smith dialed 911. The EMS dispatcher using a structured set of questions quickly identified Paul’s chest pain to be potentially a ST ...

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Dr. Greg Mears | Feb 1, 2018

EMS & Healthcare in 2018: A Look into the Near Future

In December,  we took a look back at 2017 ...

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Dr. Greg Mears | Dec 21, 2017

A Look Back at 2017 from an EMS & Healthcare Perspective

As the year winds down, “look back” articles are popular. For some, it’s an opportunity to celebrate important accomplishments, for others, ...

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Dr. Greg Mears | Apr 6, 2017

Healthcare Reform: Changing an Era or Error?

It’s official. One of the prime objectives of the new administration was to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Round 1 went ...

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Dr. Greg Mears | Jan 10, 2017

A Patient-Centered Learning Healthcare System: The EMS of the Future

Welcome to part three of the three-part series focusing on healthcare reform and the future of Emergency Medical Services ...

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Dr. Greg Mears | Oct 24, 2016

What Does Hospital Data & HIE Really Mean to EMS? Part 2 of a 3 Part Series

Welcome to part two of a three-part series focusing on healthcare reform and the future of Emergency Medical Services (EMS). 

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Dr. Greg Mears | Sep 12, 2016

Integrating EMS into the Healthcare System - Part 1 of a 3 Part Series

Welcome to part one of a three-part series focusing on healthcare reform and the future of Emergency Medical Services (EMS).  In the ...

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