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HHS launches GIS-based tool for health disaster readiness

US: The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released their emPOWER map, which plots where Medicare patients who rely on electric medical devices live, in order to be better prepared to support these patients during emergencies. The shows the monthly total number of Medicare fee-for-service beneficiaries’ claims for electricity-dependent equipment at the national, state, territory, county, and zip code levels. The tool incorporates these data with real-time severe weather tracking services from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in a Geographic Information System (GIS).

The new tool is sponsored by the US Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) in its ongoing efforts to support community resilience and build national health security.

Source: HHS