HHS unit provides planning application for first responders

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality has released the Emergency Preparedness Resource Inventory, a new Web-based application to help local, regional and state planners compile customized inventories of health care and emergency resources.

The software is designed to enable planners to assess their regional supply of critical resources, prepare for incident response, estimate gaps and provide support for future investment decisions, AHRQ, which is part of the Health and Human Services Department, said this week. The resource inventory helps first responders figure out where emergency equipment and medicines are located, how much is available and whom to contact to obtain those resources.

An eight-county region of rural Pennsylvania piloted the application, which Abt Associates in Bethesda, Md., and Geisinger Health System in Danville, Pa., developed for AHRQ's bioterrorism and emergency preparedness program. Emergency planners can download the inventory software, database and supporting documents from www.ahrq.gov/research/epri/.

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Mary Mosquera is a reporter for Federal Computer Week.

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