"The primary purpose of this study was to develop, implement and evaluate a real-time electronic hospital bed tracking/monitoring system that will serve as a demonstration management tool to assist in a system/region's ability to care for a surge of patients in the event of a mass casualty incident. In addition, existing patient tracking systems were to be reviewed and recommendations made for the future development of a national patient tracking system. The overarching purpose of this project was to develop an exportable model of a hospital bed tracking system for the Department of Health and Human Services Office of the Assistant Secretary for Public Health Emergency Preparedness (OASPHEP) Secretary Command Center (SCC) and other Federal, Regional, State or Local Command Centers to access standardized information across the entire nation. Denver Health established Advisory and Working Groups of entities (private sector, hospitals, states and federal government) that have already developed and utilize bed availability and patient tracking systems to design, implement and test a standardized 'real-time' national bed availability demonstration system. These pre-existing stand-alone systems were developed to monitor varying objectives including: hospital divert status, the status of hospital resources during a mass casualty incident, and the status of a voluntary network of non-Federal acute care hospitals that have agreed to accept patients in the event of a national emergency."
AHRQ Publication No. 05-0103
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