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HAvBED 2: Hospital Available Beds for Emergencies and Disasters

Public Health Emergency Preparedness

This resource was part of AHRQ's Public Health Emergency Preparedness (PHEP) program, which was discontinued on June 30, 2011, in a realignment of Federal efforts.

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II. Purpose/Objectives

The purpose of this task order is to refine the demonstration real-time hospital bed tracking system that was developed under AHRQ Contract No. 290-00-0014 Task Order No. 8, titled "National Hospital Available Beds for Emergencies and Disasters (HAvBED) System." On August 30, 2005, Denver Health completed this demonstration project which was to develop, implement, and evaluate a demonstration real-time electronic hospital bed tracking/monitoring system that was to serve as a potential management tool to enhance state, regional, or federal capacity to distribute and care for a surge of patients in the event of a large-scale, mass-casualty incident.

This current task order took the demonstration model and developed it into a maintainable working production system with appropriate documentation for users and those responsible for the system's operation and support. This system could then be used for planning and response by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) and other Federal, Regional, State, or Local Command Centers.

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