The California Emergency Medical Services Authority (EMSA) activated the Patient Unified Lookup System for Emergencies (PULSE) for the first time on October 9, 2017 in response to the fires in Napa, Lake, Sonoma, Mendocino, Butte, and Solano Counties. PULSE was deactivated when EMSA began recovery on October 27, 2017.

PULSE was developed to be activated in response to a declared disaster in order to provide disaster healthcare volunteers with access to electronic health information for evacuees and victims, regardless of where they are being treated. CAHIE supports PULSE through the California Trusted Exchange Network (CTEN), and through operation of the CTEN Services Registry which PULSE uses to retrieve real-time updates on participating organizations. Learn more about PULSE…

Volunteer healthcare professionals access PULSE through EMSA’s Disaster Healthcare Volunteers (DHV), California’s implementation of the Emergency System for Advance Registration of Volunteer Health Professionals (ESAR-VHP) federal program to establish guidelines and standards for the registration, credentialing, and deployment of medical professionals in the event of a large scale emergency. Healthcare providers with an active license, public health professionals, or members of medical disaster response teams may register online to become a disaster healthcare volunteer and potentially access health information in time of declared disaster via PULSE. Learn more about DHV…