ASPR Technical Resources, Assistance Center, and Information Exchange (TRACIE) Resource Spotlight: The Exchange Issue 18, Innovations in Health Care Capacity Management
The articles in this issue focus on the experiences and lessons learned by health care facilities and systems during the early phases of the pandemic and beyond, to include the “tripledemic” (respiratory syncytial virus, influenza, and COVID-19) that affected children in the state of Washington and across the U.S. during the winter of 2022-2023. It examined the history and evolution of the Southwest Texas Regional Advisory Council with a focus on their efforts to load patients during mass casualty incidents and public health emergencies.
Subject matter experts from California discussed the unique characteristics and challenges faced by Imperial County and how tents and the use of an alternate care site (ACS) bolstered patient care. Final article highlights the experiences of a Navajo Area Indian Health Service hospital working around the clock to locate appropriate receiving facilities and provided care in place while simultaneously managing staffing shortages.
Now Available: Electronic Health Records and Downtime Procedures Topic Collection
Patient data is as voluminous as it is vital. Recent cyber-attacks, disasters, and the COVID-19 pandemic have highlighted the need for patient data to be protected and accessible by emergency medical providers. Most health care facilities use electronic health records (EHR) to store patient health history and other data. There are multiple Health Information Technology/EHR software programs available, making interoperability a challenge. Recent lessons learned highlight both the utility of these programs and the challenges and risks associated with data collection, access, quality, and transfer capabilities. ASPR’s Technical Resources, Assistance Center, and Information Exchange (TRACIE) has updated the EHR Topic Collection and it is now the Electronic Health Records and Downtime Procedures Topic Collection. The resources in this Topic Collection include guidance and lessons learned specific to EHR.