HHS seeks industry solutions for disaster care technologies

The Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response wants vendor input on innovative technologies to help address its disaster health challenges.

ASPR, which is charged with protecting Americans from natural and intentional health security threats, is holding an “Innovation Day” on August 7 and 8 in Washington, according to a request for information issued by the agency.

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“This RFI informs vendors regarding an upcoming ASPR Next Innovation Day to further discuss some of our most pressing disaster health challenges that may be addressed using next-generation solutions that harness the power of cutting-edge technology to enhance disaster health outcomes,” states the announcement.

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The purpose of the two-day conference hosted by ASPR is to “directly engage vendors capable of supporting any of the listed Areas of Interest (AOIs), including Small Businesses and Other Than Small Businesses, under full and open competitive procedures.”

Among ASPR’s areas of interest are electronic health records for use in austere settings.

Specifically, the agency is interested in the “development of an intelligent, interoperable and transportable systems that can produce and manage patient information such as EHR, patient tracking, patient monitoring (case management) and data reporting, in ideal and austere settings, with simplified interfaces (desktop and mobile alike) for providers with incorporation of biometric identification methods.”

In addition, ASPR is seeking the following technologies: priority medicines on demand; dialysis care in disaster settings; medical countermeasure dispensing; distributed power for disasters; healthcare system capacity reporting; disaster response and recovery intelligence; advanced medical interventions for disaster; as well as telehealth applications.

In particular, the agency wants to develop the following capabilities: artificial intelligence applications to forecast disaster impacts and automate replenishment of supplies during disasters; secure, confidential and controlled means to track healthcare provider capacity to respond to disasters; as well as telehealth services to better assist state, local, tribal and territorial health systems during disaster response and recovery.

Other areas of interest include “next-generation portable technologies for hemodialysis in disaster settings” and establishing “trusted data platforms to secure health-related information and investigate linkages between clinical manifestation of disease and multi-omic indicators within dedicated US-based facilities to open new pipelines for medical countermeasure discovery.”

Online registration to attend the ASPR Next Innovation Day in person is available here until midnight ET on July 26. The event will also be webcast.

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