Santa Cruz HIO to Run California’s PULSE System in Emergencies | Healthcare Informatics Magazine | Health IT | Information Technology Skip to content Skip to navigation

Santa Cruz HIO to Run California’s PULSE System in Emergencies

November 14, 2016
by David Raths
| Reprints
Tabletop drill of Patient Unified Lookup System for Emergencies planned for June 2017

The California Emergency Medical Service Authority has chosen the Santa Cruz Health Information Organization to operate a web portal system that will be activated during emergencies, enabling healthcare professionals employed by health systems or participating with health information organizations to access patient records through their existing systems.

During a disaster, patients are often transported out of the affected area and away from their usual health care provider system. One of the fundamental lessons learned during Hurricane Katrina was that health professionals need access to patient health information to avoid medical errors, renew medications, and coordinate care.

The PULSE  (Patient Unified Lookup System for Emergencies) project will establish connections between two community health information organizations (HIOs) or health systems via a secure web portal. When a disaster happens, the web portal will be activated so authorized healthcare professionals can access patient records from outside their own health systems through their existing electronic health record system or through a secure website.

Eventually healthcare providers will be able to access electronic health records from all over California whether they are treating patients in an unfamiliar hospital, an alternate care site or a mobile field hospital.

Development of PULSE has been funded by a $2.75 million grant from the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology to advance health information exchange statewide during a disaster and regionally in daily emergency medical services (EMS). Maryland-based Audacious Inquiry has been developing the PULSE system and will transition operations to Santa Cruz HIO in early 2017.  Audacious Inquiry has been working with the California Association of Health Information Exchanges (CAHIE) and ONC for the past several years to define the PULSE California use case and technical specification for the system.

This project is using exchange specifications, Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise (IHE) standards, and federated directory services enabled by the California Trusted Exchange Network (CTEN).

Following the transition, Santa Cruz HIO will integrate all of the components, including participating HIOs, define the operating procedures, and operate PULSE during a tabletop drill in June 2017.

Grant funding will also support the creation of technology, infrastructure and cooperative agreements to enable EMS providers on scene to exchange patient health information with local hospitals. Currently, paramedics on scene don’t have access to important health information for the patient they are treating such as allergies, health conditions, medications, and the patient’s pre-directed treatment or end-of-life decisions.

 

 

 

 

Get the latest information on Health IT and attend other valuable sessions at this two-day Summit providing healthcare leaders with educational content, insightful debate and dialogue on the future of healthcare and technology.

Learn More

Topics

News

Study will Leverage Connecticut HIE to Help Prevent Suicides

A new study will aim to leverage CTHealthLink, a physician-led health information exchange (HIE) in Connecticut, to help identify the factors leading to suicide and to ultimately help prevent those deaths.

Duke Health First to Achieve HIMSS Stage 7 Rating in Analytics

North Carolina-based Duke Health has become the first U.S. healthcare institution to be awarded the highest honor for analytic capabilities by HIMSS Analytics.

NIH Releases First Dataset from Adolescent Brain Development Study

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) announced the release of the first dataset from the Adolescent Brain Cognitive Development (ABCD) study, which will enable scientists to conduct research on the many factors that influence brain, cognitive, social, and emotional development.

Boston Children's Accelerates Data-Driven Approach to Clinical Research

In an effort to bring a more data-driven approach to clinical research, Boston Children’s Hospital has joined the TriNetX global health research network.

Paper Records, Films Most Common Type of Healthcare Data Breach, Study Finds

Despite the high level of hospital adoption of electronic health records and federal incentives to do so, paper and films were the most frequent location of breached data in hospitals, according to a recent study.

AHA Appoints Senior Advisor for Cybersecurity and Risk

The American Hospital Association (AHA) has announced that John Riggi has joined the association as senior advisor for cybersecurity and risk.