In the event of a disaster, the Department of Health and Human Services has launched a geospatial information systems-based tool to help community health and emergency management agencies prepare for the needs of Medicare beneficiaries who rely on electricity-dependent medical equipment. 

Called the HHS emPOWER Map, the interactive online tool provides integrated data to hospitals, first responders, electric utility and health officials to limit potential impacts of prolonged power outages due to storms and other disasters. Currently, there are more than 1.6 million Medicare fee-for-service beneficiaries nationwide that rely on electricity-dependent medical equipment, such as oxygen concentrators and ventilators. 

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