Building Health Resilience Technology to Withstand Natural Disasters

Improving Health Resilience Technology Project

The Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response of HHS and the Federal Emergency Management Agency are developing innovative solutions that will allow individuals with access and functional needs to continue to use their durable medical equipment (DME) during prolonged power outages.

The  Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) are working to enhance community and individual resilience—part of the core missions of the two organizations—and have a profound impact on future disaster responses, by helping to identify potential solutions that will allow individuals with access and functional needs to continue to use their durable medical equipment (DME – includes medical devices powered by electricity, such as oxygen concentrators, ventilators, and intravenous infusion pumps) at home during prolonged power outages, thereby decompressing the burden on the health care system.

External Entrepreneur Frank Sanborn has developed a solution by using the Raspberry Pi to develop a device that has the ability to connect to the Philips Portable Oxygen Concentrator, which allows for signals to be sent from durable medical equipment to a local server allowing medical professionals and emergency response workers to have accurate information as to the status of a patient. As part of the next step of development, Frank and Internal Entrepreneurs Nicole Lurie, Pill Ferro, Patrick Heart, and Ted Okada are running a series of code-a-thons and challenges to assist with the software coding.  More information on the code-a-thons and updates on the project can be found on the IDEA Lab blog.

INTERNAL ENTREPRENEURS
Nicole Luire, Assistant Secretary for Preparedness & Response
Phil Ferro, Assistant Secretary for Preparedness & Response
Patrick Hart, Federal Emergency Management Agency
Ted Okada, Federal Emergency Management Agency

EXTERNAL ENTREPRENEURS
Frank Sanborn

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