The Sequoia Project Supports State & Regional Health IT Connectivity During Disaster Response

The Sequoia Project, in support of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), recently announced the development of a nationwide deployment plan for the health IT disaster response platform known as the Patient Unified Lookup System for Emergencies (PULSE). Given the increased interest among healthcare providers and health systems  after successful application of the PULSE platform in California during the wildfires in 2017 wildfires, a PULSE advisory council was formed.  The advisory council will use model practices from the recent application of PULSE to drive governance, activities and policies supporting deployment of PULSE in other states and regions. 

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HIMSS through its State Advisory Roundtable has prioritized this topic and is engaging state officials and chapter advocates in Puerto Rico, the US Virgin Islands and southeastern US to provide thought leadership and model practices that may be useful in preparing states/territories for natural disasters.