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May 2, 2019

WADEM Congress on Disaster and Emergency Medicine 2019

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

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information system

disaster medical assistance team

disaster medicine

resource management

information management

patient tracking

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information system

disaster medical assistance team

disaster medicine

resource management

information management

patient tracking

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Introduction Information system has facilitated the work flow in healthcare system for years. However the utilization of information system (IS) in disaster medical assistance teams (DMATs) has been less studied. Aim In Taiwan, we started a program to build up an information system(IS), MEDical Assistance and Information Dashboard (MED-AID) to improve the capability and also increase the efficiency of our national DMAT since 2008. Method The mission of our national DMAT was to provide both acute trauma care and subacute outpatient care in the field after an emergency event, like earthquake. We build up the IS through an user oriented process, to fit the need of the DMAT. We first analyze the response work in the DMAT missions and also 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 exercise and one regional full-scale exercise by the DMAT staffs who came from different hospitals in our region. 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 integrating 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 system could facilitate patient care and relieve the workload on information processing and analysis, and also resources management.

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