Invalid values (3rd party imports) – April 2019
Posted by Bryan Hodges, Last modified by Bryan Hodges on 05 February 2020 02:12 PM

The spreadsheet attached below contains a list of all invalid values submitted by agencies during April 2019.  Invalid values (also known as non-standard items) are values defined as items not part of the minimum data set requirements outlined in the Virginia Data Dictionary or are not part of the NEMSIS 3 standard.    

Agencies using a 3rd party system to import data into the Virginia Elite system need to do the following:

  • Download this spreadsheet
  • Filter the spreadsheet by agency number or name to see if your agency is listed and, if so, which invalid values by element were submitted by your agency.
  • Work with your 3rd party vendor to map any invalid values upon export to a valid value acceptable by the state.

The Virginia Data Dictionary (as it always has since it was first published in 2016) contains a list of valid values by element, where applicable, that agencies can submit.  Agencies and 3rd party vendors need to note that certain values under certain elements have been purposely crossed out of the Virginia Data Dictionary.  Values crossed out are considered invalid and unacceptable. 

The current copy of the Virginia Data Dictionary can be found and download for reference at the following website:

In April, agencies submitted in excess of 64,000 invalid values.  When agencies submit values like these, it drastically affects the states ability to perform consistent or accurate research.  This is why it is extremely important agencies follow the Virginia Data Dictionary data requirements or the NEMSIS 3 data standards when an item is not explicitly defined by the state.

OEMS is not asking an agency to change a value in their system or asking agencies to re-post or re-submit past records.  EMS agencies that have purchased an EMS software system or use a 3rd party interface need to work with their vendors to ensure valid values are submitted to the state going forward. 

For general questions, please contact support via email as

 List of Invalid Values submitted April 2019.xlsx (46.37 KB)
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