National HIT Collaborative for the Underserved, Inc. (NHIT®) Congressional Briefing: Disaster Preparedness: Building An Innovative National Response Network in Underserved Communities

Jun 21, 2018 10:00am - 2:00pm EDT
Rayburn House Office Building, Room 2253 | Washington D.C.

The National HIT Collaborative for the Underserved, Inc. (NHIT®), will be convening a Congressional Briefing titled: “Disaster Preparedness: Building An Innovative National Response Network in Underserved Communities - Building a 21st Century Health and Healthcare Infrastructure for Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, underserved and rural communities nationwide.” The briefing will cover Lessons learned from California, Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

In light of our nation’s experiences with the California Wildfires, Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria and their particular impact on underserved populations nationwide, we will examine the responses and the need for better awareness and preparedness at the Congressional Briefing. The briefing will also explore how the combination of federal investments such as the FCC Lifeline Program and other technology will allow officials to notify and communicate with millions in the Lifeline program, including sending alerts, tracking patients in "hot spots" and teaming up with federal partners during disasters for communications. NHIT and its partners are working to leverage and link with other federal initiatives such as the ASPR Empower Model and Patient Unified Lookup System for Emergencies, or PULSE to create an immediate ALERT network for the most vulnerable populations.

About the Host Organization
The National HIT Collaborative for the Underserved, Inc. (NHIT®), is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, established in 2008 with a mission to engage underserved populations in the development and use of health information technology (HIT) as a means to support and sustain health equity and economic viability based on NHIT’s five pillars: Workforce, Innovation, Policy, Research, and Community.

NHIT Care Campaign™ – Responding to a Dire Public Health Challenge in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands

The National HIT Collaborative for the Underserved, Inc. (NHIT®), with guidance from supporting partners, launched the NHIT Care Campaign with the mission of restoring the health safety net for people of Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands in the wake of Hurricanes Irma and Maria.