Recommendations for a National Mass Patient and Evacuee Movement, Regulating, and Tracking System

Source: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, AHRQ Publication No. AHRQ-09-0039-EF, February 2009

AHRQ released a new report today, Recommendations for a National Mass Patient and Evacuee Movement, Regulating, and Tracking System, which recommends developing a coordinated multi-jurisdictional evacuation system that builds on existing resources and procedures available at the State, local, and Federal level. To develop a national system to locate, track, and regulate patients and evacuees leaving disaster areas, the report recommends collecting eight essential data elements to identify each patient or evacuee, their health status, and location from existing data sources like hospitals. It also recommends collecting baseline inventory levels of key resources such as available hospital beds and ambulances or other medical transportation. The report was developed by AHRQ with funding from HHS Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response and with critical input and leadership from the Department of Defense.

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