Recent disasters have focused added attention on the critical role of emergency power in sustaining operations for not only hospitals but water systems and waste water treatment plants. To this end, Powered for Patients is committed to engaging with water systems and waste water treatment plants to help safeguard emergency power and expedite power restoration through the DHS NIPP Security & Resilience Challenge.
As part of this critically important collaboration, Powered for Patients is asking water systems, waste water treatment plants and their trade associations to undertake the following activities:
- Engage in discussions with Powered for Patients project leaders about sharing real time information about emergency power system status generated by fault detection and automated reporting systems. These discussions will cover important topics such as the scope of information sharing, how information will be used and by whom, when this information sharing will be initiated and when it will be concluded. The collective input received around these key questions will help form the basis of an accelerated information sharing protocol that will serve as a national best practice.
- Individual facilities currently using fault detection and automated reporting technology for their emergency power systems can serve as a pilot site to help in the development and testing of the data synthesizing prototype. This will involve pilot sites sharing the real time data feeds from their remote monitoring and automated reporting fault detection systems with project engineers and scientists.
- In addition to individual discussions with water systems and waste water treatment facility operators, and their trade associations, Powered for Patients will facilitate a stakeholder meeting involving government, healthcare, the technology providers of remotely operated fault detection systems and utilities (electric, water and waste water) to enable collective discussion of the draft information sharing protocol. A representative group of leaders from water systems and waste water treatment facilities will be invited to participate in this stakeholder meeting.