A clinical care portal for disaster response
PULSE Enterprise is a cloud-based software solution built for public health and emergency management authorities and other entities that solve critical gaps in patient care during public health emergencies and disasters.
PULSE Enterprise enables authorized users to access medication and clinical histories to improve direct patient care for individuals who have been displaced outside their normal healthcare environment, conduct epidemiological assessments, and initiate other public health activities.
PULSE Enterprise Features
Hurricane Preparedness and Patient Tracking:
Deliberately Designed for Emergency Response
Uses widely-adopted industry standards and insight from experts in disaster medicine and public health preparedness to seamlessly deliver patient data when and where it is needed, no matter the scenario.
Robust Medication and Clinical History Data
Designed to ensure secure access to patient health information for providers in field environments. Includes a curated medication history list and the ability to simultaneously pull records for hundreds of patients at once.
Ongoing Technical Assistance & Support
Subscriptions come with complete programmatic support led by an assigned engagement manager, in addition to annual and just-in-time training, 24/7 access to the PULSE Enterprise Service Desk, and ongoing technical assistance.
Supports Family Reunification Efforts
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History & Milestones
A look through the years
Following Hurricane Katrina, well-meaning health care providers flocked to shelters to help, but there was an inability to confirm medical credentials of these volunteers or access health records of evacuees.
In late 2014, the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) for Health IT and the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) received a joint HHS Ventures award, through HHS’ innovative IDEA Lab, to lay the foundation for PULSE. The award provided for a PULSE program in California through the development of a detailed use case, technical architecture, and an evaluation of policy considerations.
Over the next several years, Ai worked with ONC and other partners to expand upon the California experience and develop an infrastructure that could be deployed nationwide. Today, PULSE can be made available in any geographic area to support healthcare professionals and first responders caring for displaced individuals, or volunteer healthcare workers who are deployed to a disaster area outside of their normal health IT environment.
ONC Engages Audacious Inquiry to evaluate use of HIE infrastructure for disaster preparedness and response. From this engagement, the “HIE Services in Support of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Medical Response” report was published.
Audacious Inquiry first developed PULSE in 2015 with funding from ONC for use in California.
- Audacious Inquiry Blog, 10.3.20: Reflections on the History of the Patient Unified Lookup System for Emergencies™ (PULSE)
PULSE was first deployed in California during the 2017, 2018, and 2019 wildfire seasons.
- WIRED, 9-1-17: Harvey Evacuees Leave Their Belongings—and Health Records—Behind
- Politico, 11-21-18: California’s red-hot test of health information exchange
- EMS World, 2-12-19: A Health Information Exchange for Disasters
Audacious Inquiry Press Release, 12-10-19: ONC Awards Audacious Inquiry Contract for Expansion of “PULSE” National Emergency Preparedness and Response Platform
News & Insights
Audacious Inquiry Publishes Natural Disaster Care Coordination Guide at Start of Forecasted Highly Active Hurricane Season
The eBook addresses how disaster and emergency response organizations can leverage health information technology and care coordination tools in disaster response and recovery BALTIMORE, June...
June 1st marks the beginning of the 2021 hurricane season, which is expected to result in an above average number of Atlantic hurricanes . Following the updated hurricane season forecast by the...
PULSE Enterprise Enables Provider Retrieval of Patient Health Records On-Demand During Emergencies BALTIMORE – October 19, 2020 – Today, the Texas Health Services Authority (THSA) and Audacious...