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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.

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