Medical Staff

System speeds hospital capacity checks

Hospitalist Leadership Connection, March 21, 2007

A new program in Rhode Island enables emergency workers to instantly track patient capacity at local hospitals so they can better gauge where to send patients, according to a March 9 article in the Boston Globe.

The computers that facilitate the tracking are connected to regional emergency dispatch centers, allowing rescue workers to avoid calling each hospital by phone-a time consuming process-to check the availability of hospital beds.

The program, which cost approximately $200,000 and was funded by the Department of Homeland Security, placed computers in every state emergency room and command center, as well as in the VA Medical Center and the Narragansett Indian Health Center, the article states.


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