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ASHE, Powered for Patients partner on DHS project to strengthen resiliency

ASHE seeks members to engage in project that will help protect hospitals’ emergency power systems during a disaster, says body

| | Feb 12, 2019 | 6:09 pm
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Chicago, Illinois, USA, 12 February 2019: The American Society for Health Care Engineering (ASHE) is partnering with Powered for Patients on a Department of Homeland Security-funded project, to help ensure hospital safety during disasters, the body announced in a Press communiqué.

The project seeks to leverage fault-detection and automated-reporting technologies to provide real-time alerts to government officials and utilities if emergency power in a hospital is threatened during a disaster, the communiqué said. ASHE will be providing important input on a new voluntary protocol and best practice to guide how hospitals will share this vital information, the communiqué further said.

According to ASHE, the society is seeking members who are currently using fault-detection and automated-reporting technology for their emergency power systems to actively engage in the initiative in two ways. First, by engaging in discussions, ASHE members can help shape the voluntary protocol on sharing real-time emergency power system status reports, the communiqué said. Second, members also can volunteer as test sites for a pilot project administered by Powered for Patients, the communiqué further said. The project will test the real-time data sharing process of facilities across the United States during the second quarter of 2019, the communiqué also said. One valuable and immediate outcome of engagement in this project will be better coordination between ASHE members, their state and local governments and utilities, in terms of addressing threats to emergency power, the communiqué added.

According to ASHE, the long-term goals of the project include:

  • In a presidentially declared disaster, the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers deploy temporary generators and generator fuel at the request of a governor or state emergency management agency director to assist hospitals and other critical facilities with failing generators.
  • When a disaster impacts roads or forces government to limit private vehicle traffic, government vehicles may be available to help generator service or fuel providers get to client sites that would otherwise be inaccessible.
  • Early warning to government officials allows evacuation planning to begin, just in case emergency power can’t be repaired and an evacuation becomes necessary.
  • With early warning notice of a threat to emergency power, utilities can work to shift restoration priorities to restore utility power before a facility loses emergency power.

ASHE invites interested parties to join a roundtable discussion at the ASHE International Summit and Exhibition on Health Facility Planning, Design & Construction (PDC) Summit on March 18, 2019, in Phoenix, Arizona, USA, the communiqué said. This conversation will provide an opportunity for ASHE members to discuss the project face-to-face with fellow facility managers, project leaders from Powered for Patients and ASHE, along with leading fault-detection technology providers, the communiqué further said. The communiqué added that those interested in attending the meeting or getting involved can contact Eric Cote, Director, Powered for Patients, at cote@poweredforpatients.org or by calling 401-374-8500.

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