HHS releases healthcare response Atlas guidebook
| 07.25.2007 | 04:57:29 | Views: 2768 | ID:
July 25 '07: Medical News Today reported that last week the Department of Health and Human Services released a new location-based medical and health preparedness and response guidebook to help "communities identify the healthcare facilities (hospitals and nursing homes) that could be available and prepared to provide assistance under emergency conditions in their communities."
The release, sponsored by the HHS' Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality is entitled, the "Emergency Preparedness Atlas: U.S. Nursing Home and Hospital Facilities".Along with the geographically-sensitive information, the Atlas also includes six case studies of regions with various capabilities including maps locating medical facilities in all 50 states. Carolyn M. Clancy, the AHRQ director told Medical News Today, "States, local communities and other planners need accurate and reliable information about nursing homes and other facilities that care for some [of] our nation's most vulnerable citizens. ... This new resource can help stimulate productive discussions among planners to further our nation's preparedness and response efforts."
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