HHS Announces Disaster Preparedness Tool to Improve Resilience of Home-Based Care
The US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently announced a disaster preparedness tool to help communities prepare for and respond to the needs of individuals who rely on electrically powered medical and assistive equipment in their homes. The tool, which is called HHS emPOWER MAP, is a Geographic Information System that integrates patient data with severe weather tracking.
Dr. Nicole Lurie, HHS assistant secretary for preparedness and response, explained the tool’s importance due to the increase in home-based care. “With the rise in home-based care, real-time awareness of population-level needs, and the ability to respond to them, is critical,” explained Dr. Nicole Lurie, HHS’ assistant secretary for preparedness and response. “Better planning helps communities respond better and recover faster, and that’s where our emPOWER Map can provide the greatest benefit.”
The HHS emPOWER Map works by providing the total number of Medicare fee-for-service beneficiary claims for electricity dependent equipment and incorporating this data with a real-time sever weather tracking system. The weather tracking system was developed in coordination with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
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