CAHIE has been collaborating with the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) and the California EMS Authority (EMSA) since 2014 to identify opportunities for HIE to support emergency response. One outcome was the development of a disaster response medical history portal called the Patient Unified Lookup System for Emergencies (PULSE).

PULSE would be activated during times of large-scale emergency or disaster to provide healthcare professionals with access to electronic health information for individuals, regardless of where they are being treated. Users of PULSE are granted access through the California Disaster Healthcare Volunteers (DHV) database, which provides a vetted registry for individuals who have volunteered to serve during an emergency or disaster. PULSE then connects to HIEs, health systems, and other data sources across California via the California Trusted Exchange Network (CTEN) to search for and retrieve health information on victims and evacuees.

PULSE was developed through a $2.75M grant awarded by ONC to EMSA, now complete, which culminated in a table-top drill demonstrating PULSE’s capabilities and helping establish next steps.

PULSE Resources