Safeguarding Patients by Enabling Accelerated Government and Utility Response Through Real Time Data Sharing of Hospital Generator Status During Disasters [open pdf - 568KB]
From the Document: "In large scale disasters that cause widespread power outages, emergency power systems at hospitals and other medical facilities are the primary lifeline for maintaining critical operations. Failures of these systems can have deadly consequences and can trigger emergency evacuations, as seen during Hurricanes Katrina (2005), Sandy (2012), and Matthew (2016). [...] An estimated 2,000 plus hospitals have connected remote monitoring and automated reporting technology to their emergency power systems. They provide real time, automated alerts to facility staff and generator service providers any time a mechanical threat to emergency power is detected or if fuel levels run dangerously low. This technology affords an opportunity to provide government and private utilities with real time, early warning of a threat to emergency power at a hospital. Yet, U.S. hospitals do not regularly share this highly valuable data with government or utility officials because protocols often do not exist to govern how this information sharing should take place."
Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency: https://www.cisa.gov/