Enhancing prioritized power restoration for hospitals and other critical healthcare facilities is a core focus for Powered for Patients. This work is still focused on the research phase through which Powered for Patients is seeking a greater understanding of the different models used by utilities to address prioritized restoration. Early research indicates that hospitals are generally always at or near the top of any utility’s prioritized restoration list. However, this research also shows that significant differences exist between utilities in terms of how they approach prioritized restoration.
For example, very small municipal-owned and operated utilities that serve a thousand or fewer customers can more easily prioritize restoration for a single customer who may be relying on a life sustaining electric-powered medical device such as a respirator or ventilator. However, larger utilities with millions of customers are not able to prioritize restoration for an individual home owner because they are dedicating repair crews to the restoration of hospitals, waste water treatment plants, water systems and other pieces of critical infrastructure.
The ultimate goal of Powered for Patient’s work in this area is determining the steps that can be taken to enhance the prioritized restoration process through greater coordination among all stakeholders including government officials, utilities and healthcare facility operators.