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The Core Concepts of an Integrated Information System for Disaster Medical Assistance Teams: Ten-Year Experience in Taiwan

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  06 May 2019

Chih Hsien Wu
Affiliation:
National Taiwan University Hospital, Taipei City, Taiwan
Chien Hao Lin
Affiliation:
National Taiwan University Hospital, Taipei City, Taiwan
Hsin Fu Chen
Affiliation:
National Taiwan University Hospital, Taipei City, Taiwan
Frank Fuh Yuan Shih
Affiliation:
National Taiwan University Hospital, Taipei City, Taiwan
Ming Tai Cheng
Affiliation:
National Taiwan University Hospital, Taipei City, Taiwan
Wei Kuo Chou
Affiliation:
National Taiwan University Hospital, Taipei City, Taiwan
Hung Chieh Liu
Affiliation:
National Taiwan University Hospital, Hsin-Chu Branch, Hsinchu, Taiwan
Shu Hsien Hsu
Affiliation:
National Taiwan University Hospital, Taipei City, Taiwan
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Abstract

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Introduction:

Information systems (IS) have facilitated workflow in the health care system for years. However, the utilization of IS in disaster medical assistance teams (DMATs) has been less studied.

Aim:

In Taiwan, we started a program in 2008 to build up an information system, MEDical Assistance and Information Dashboard (MED-AID), to improve the capability and increase the efficiency of our national DMAT.

Method: The mission of our national DMAT was to provide acute trauma care and subacute outpatient care in the field after an emergency event (e.g., earthquakes). We built the IS through a user-oriented process to fit the need of the DMAT. We first analyzed the response work in the DMAT missions and reviewed the current paperwork. We evaluated the eligibility and effectiveness of the core functions of DMATs by experts in Taiwan and then developed the IS. The IS was then tested and revised each year in two table-top exercises and one regional full-scale exercise by the DMAT staffs who came from different hospitals in Taiwan.

Results:

During the past 10 years, we identified several core concepts of IS of DMAT: patient tracking, medical record, continuity of care, integration of referral resources, disease surveillance, patient information reporting, and medical resources management. The application of the IS facilitate the DMAT in providing safe patient care with continuous recording and integrate patient referral resources based on geographic information. The IS also help the planning in real-time disease surveillance and logistic function in the medical resources monitoring.

Discussion:

Information systems could facilitate patient care and relieve the workload on information analysis and resources management for DMATs.

Type
Poster Presentations
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© World Association for Disaster and Emergency Medicine 2019