When disaster strikes and families are relocated to shelters in their community or even further afield, prescription refills and other healthcare needs become more challenging. The Sequoia Project is leading the Patient Unified Lookup System for Emergencies (PULSE), a nationwide health IT disaster response platform that can be deployed at the city, county or state level to authenticate disaster healthcare volunteer providers. It was conceived by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) and the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) following experiences in Hurricanes Katrina and Sandy. Well-meaning physicians and providers flocked to shelters to help, but the shelters could not confirm medical credentials of the volunteers, and the volunteers could not access evacuee health records. Learn how your community can leverage health IT and existing connectivity in your disaster planning.
Identify the need to include health IT in disaster response planning
Assess existing interoperability efforts that can be leveraged in planning
Interpret case studies of PULSE and other disaster response efforts to date
Decide if your community is ready to leverage health IT in a disaster response