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Wednesday, March 20 • 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Track 6: Ensuring Patient Record Access When Disaster Strikes

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Healthcare interoperability can save lives and relieve stress in an emergency. The Patient Unified Lookup System for Emergencies (PULSE) is a nationwide health IT disaster response platform that can be deployed at the city, county, or state level to authenticate disaster healthcare volunteer providers. PULSE allows disaster workers to query and view patient documents from all connected healthcare organizations to make informed care decisions, refill medications, and more. PULSE was originally conceived by the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) for Health IT following Hurricane Katrina. Well-meaning physicians and providers flocked to shelters to help, but there was an inability to confirm medical credentials of these volunteers or access health records of evacuees. Learn how to bring this essential health IT system to your state.  


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Kristen Finne

Program Manager, HHS emPOWER Program, Senior Program Analyst, HHS/ASPR/EMMO/Readiness, HHS
Kristen Finne, is a Senior Program Analyst in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) and has 20 years of expertise in health care and public health policy, programs, service delivery, research and emergency... Read More →

Scott Afzal

President, Audacious Inquiry
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Mariann Yeager

CEO, The Sequoia Project
Mariann Yeager (CEO) has more than 20 years of experience in the health information technology field. She currently serves as CEO for The Sequoia Project, a non-profit solely focused on advancing secure, interoperable nationwide health data sharing in the US.  The Sequoia Project... Read More →

Wednesday March 20, 2019 1:30pm - 2:30pm PDT
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