Developing Regional STEMI Systems of Care: A Review of the Evidence and the Role of the Flex Program

Flex Monitoring Team (FMT)

This policy brief summarizes the evidence for regional systems of care for patients presenting with ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI). These systems of care have both a quality improvement and a systems development focus and provide a valuable opportunity for state Flex Programs to engage critical access hospitals (CAHs) and emergency medical systems (EMS) in rationalizing and improving STEMI care for rural residents.