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MONDAY, 12:30 – 12:50PM. Exchange Medical Records During Disasters. Improving Patient Care Through Better Information. CAPT Allen Dobbs MD, HHS/National Disaster Medical System. What is ESF8. Emergency Support Functions (ESF8) ESF #8 – Public Health and Medical Services

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exchange medical records during disasters

MONDAY, 12:30 – 12:50PM

Exchange Medical Records During Disasters

Improving Patient Care Through Better Information

CAPT Allen Dobbs MD, HHS/National Disaster Medical System

what is esf8
What is ESF8

Emergency Support Functions (ESF8)

  • ESF #8 – Public Health and Medical Services
  • Provides organizational structure to provide support, resources and services
  • Coordinated by Secretary of HHS and Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR)
  • Preparedness and Response capabilities include: Public health and medical care capabilities, situational awareness of public health and medical infrastructure, supporting hospital and community preparedness and supporting the movement of patients before, during and after incidents
  • Invoked in the event medical systems within a domestic/international disaster area are overwhelmed

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who are the esf8 responders
Who are the ESF8 Responders
  • National Disaster Medical System with 7,000 clinical full-time intermittentFederal employees
    • 90% have ‘regular’ civilian jobs
    • May deploy for 2 weeks at a time
    • Limited training opportunities
    • Regional integrated training 2 weeks every other year
    • Limited team-based training (maybe a weekend once a quarter)
  • United States Public Health Service with ~2000 Tier 1 and 2 personnel
  • MRC with 100,000+ personnel with limited access to training (75 currently with Federal response team credentials & availability)

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disaster medical information suite dmis
Disaster Medical Information Suite (DMIS)
  • DMIS is a suite of applications that are used to manage patient encounter information and track patient movement during an ESF8 response
  • Integrating the CONNECT gateways into the DMIS solution allows patient treatment records to be available for providers throughout the patients continuum of care
  • The Applications in DMIS are:
    • Electronic Health Record
    • Joint Patient Assessment Tracking System (JPATS)
    • Health Information Repository

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disaster medical information suite dmis1
Disaster Medical Information Suite (DMIS)

Health Information Repository

Sites can search for patients treated at other sites using CONNECT Gateway

Patients transferred in EMR are passed to JPATS

In Theater






Satellite or Air

Patient Movement



Information captured in field

Electronic MedicalRecord (EMR)

Joint Patient Assessment and Tracking (JPATS)

HIMSS 2010


demonstration exchanging medical records during disasters
Demonstration:Exchanging Medical Records During Disasters

This demonstration will highlight a hurricane scenario in which people in high risk areas are evacuated to remote locations. This scenario will record the initial patient encounter at the high risk location and illustrate the ability for medical teams to access the patient’s record once relocatedto the evacuation site.

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The participation of any company or organization in the NHIN and CONNECT area within the HIMSS Interoperability showcase does not represent an endorsement by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, the Federal Health Architecture or the Department of Health and Human Services.

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