Tracking System Prepares New York to Evacuate Patients in Emergencies

Jessica Hughes reports:

Just more than one year after Hurricane Sandy’s waters flooded the northeast, cutting power and forcing more than 7,000 patients and residents at hospitals and nursing homes to evacuate, New York state demonstrated that it can now track those vulnerable citizens during the next big storm.

A demo in mid-November at a Manhattan hospital used the state’s Evacuation of Facilities in Disasters System (e-FINDS), which the New York State Office of Information Technology Services (ITS) devised over the summer. Using pre-printed wristbands with bar codes and identifying numbers, handheld scanners, a mobile app and optional paper tracking, the system tracks patients and residents in real time across facilities.

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