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NLM-Funded Technology and Disaster Project

As part of a grant-funded project, two simulated exercises were enacted in San Diego County on Tuesday to demonstrate how technology can help in disaster response. The $4 million project, called the Wireless Internet Information System for Medical Response in Disasters, was funded by the NIH’s National Library of Medicine.


The tools being used during the simulation include:

  • Electronic patient tags that record vital signs and broadcast patients’ conditions to paramedics on the ground, a nearby command post and area hospitals;Handheld computers that paramedics use to enter information about the condition of patients and to track medications;
  • Tablet personal computers used by supervisors in the field who serve as a bridge between paramedics and command center officials; and
  • A computerized command center that tracks the locations of patients and emergency workers, guide first responders away from hazardous sites and directed the transfer of patients to area hospitals.

For more information: http://wiisard.org

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