From the Federal Times Website, Nov. 26, 2014.
The Center for Domestic Preparedness (CDP) is training first responders on a new tracking technology that may help them keep better control of medical events in the midst of crisis and mass casualties.
Patient-tracking technology helps emergency personnel to register patients during triage, track their whereabouts and keep tabs on their medical progress even in potentially chaotic situations.
“There are situations where patients are lost. They may be identified and moved to a hospital, but then they go to another hospital where they have more beds, and people lose track,” said Mick Castillo, technology integration coordinator at CDP. Training on the new technology should give first responders a better handle on how to keep the system running smoothly.
The CDP, which operates under the Federal Emergency Management Agency, trains some 14,000 local, state, territorial and tribal students a year at its Anniston, Alabama, facility.
CDP has been rolling out the new tracking system from Global Emergency Resources for about three months and expects full implementation early next year. The software allows responders to use a smartphone to scan a bar code for patient tracking, and attach pictures and videos to help chart medical progress. The software also allows students to securely transmit patient information to a range of interconnected players including incident command, hospital command centers and public health officers.