Powered for Patients is excited to announce that a proposed research initiative it submitted to the Department of Homeland Security has been selected as one of ten innovative research and development programs as part of the DHS 2018 National Infrastructure Protection Plan (NIPP) Security & Resilience Challenge.
Funding and support for the project is provided by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, National Protection and Programs Directorate, Office of Infrastructure Protection, through the National Infrastructure Protection Program Security & Resilience Challenge, which is implemented by the National Institute for Hometown Security (NIHS).
Through the DHS project, Powered for Patients and its technology partner Talus Analytics will create a prototype to consolidate data streams from various remote monitoring and automated reporting systems connected to emergency power systems into a single data feed with a Red, Yellow, and Green risk indicator scale.
“This DHS award is a great honor and provides us with a tremendous opportunity to demonstrate the value of improving situational awareness of emergency power system status for government officials and utilities when emergency power is threatened at critical healthcare facilities during disasters,” said Powered for Patients Project Director Eric Cote.
The prototype Powered for Patients is developing with Talus Analytics will provide government officials and utilities with a single dashboard through which to view and assess unfolding threats to emergency power at hospitals impacted by disaster across the U.S. In addition to hospitals, this real time information sharing about generator status will be sought for large dialysis centers and nursing homes and the water systems and waste water treatment systems serving critical healthcare facilities.
Real time awareness of threats to emergency power will enable accelerated response by government officials in forestalling the loss of emergency power through deployment of temporary generators or generator fuel. For utilities, this early warning could enable utilities to shift restoration priorities and restore utility power prior to the loss of emergency power.
“The success of this exciting project will depend on the active engagement of stakeholders in government, healthcare, the utility sector and the emergency power industry including those companies with proven fault detection and automated reporting systems,” said Cote. “I look forward to continuing to engage with key stakeholders in the weeks and months ahead.”
The following stakeholder pages have been set up on the Powered for Patients website to provide additional details about how individual stakeholders can participate in the project.
Healthcare Facility Stakeholders
Emergency Power System and Fault Detection Technology Providers
Water and Waste Water Treatment Utilities
Powered for Patients is grateful to the many stakeholders that have engaged in this project, including:
- Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO)
- International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM)
- National Emergency Management Association (NEMA)
Healthcare Sector Partners
- American Hospital Association (AHA)
- American Society for Healthcare Engineering (ASHE)
- Florida Hospital Association
- Tufts Medical Center
- Blue Pillar, Inc.
- EcoEnergy, Subsidiary of United Technologies Corporation
- Expert MicroSystems
- United Technologies Corporation
To learn more about the Powered for Patients DHS NIPP Security & Resilience Challenge award, please visit the project page on the Powered for Patients website.