Johns Hopkins University releases new medical disaster response software
| 03.21.2007 | 06:40:53 | Views: 3021 | ID:
March 21 '07: Medical specialists at the Johns Hopkins University have developed new free medical disaster response software for hospital officials to help calculate "the impact of such crises as a flu epidemic, bioterrorist attack, flood or plane crash," the JHU Gazette reported.
The software, called Electronic Mass Casualty Assessment & Planning Scenarios was written by members of the Critical Event Preparedness and Response office with the help of the Applied Physics Laboratory.The new software will help predict the impact of disaster for hospitals in a given area by taking into account current and available resources, manpower and logistics and leveraging those against the current emergency on-hand, the Gazette reported. James Scheulen, the administrator of JHU's Department of Emergency Medicine said, "EMCAPS won't predict with absolute precision, but it will give a good estimate of impact in a particular neighborhood or city." Scheulen said the EMCAPS program would "help state and local officials and hospitals plan jointly for who and how many of what injury would go where, and adjust communications, transport systems, law enforcement and emergency personnel assignments accordingly." The software was developed using about $120,000 from the federal Health Resources and Services Administration Bioterrorism Hospital Preparedness Program.
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