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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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IV. Methods

This project required and involved collaboration and communication among multiple partners. This section describes the process by which this project was completed within the 15-month contract period and the degree to which communication and collaboration were key to its completion and success.

  1. This project was conducted by a project team led by Dr. Stephen Cantrill, Associate Director of Emergency Medicine at Denver Health Medical Center and the principal investigator for the demonstration HAvBED (Hospital Available Beds for Emergencies and Disasters) project. He was assisted by Dr. Peter Pons, who also participated in the original project, and by personnel from a software development subcontractor which also provided support to the original project. The project manager was Anne Lambert-Kerzner.
  2. An Advisory Group for the HAvBED Project was identified with representation from the following (Go to Appendix):
    • Department of Health and Human Services
      • Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)
      • Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response
      • Health Resources and Services Administration
      • National Disaster Medical System
      • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
    • Department of Defense
      • Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Homeland Defense
      • Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs
      • U.S. Northern Command (USNORTHCOM)
    • Department of Homeland Security
      • Office of the Chief Medial Officer
    • The White House Homeland Security Council
    • Department of Veterans Affairs
    • New York City Office of Emergency Management
    • New York State Department of Health
    • Inova Health System
    • Maryland Institute for Emergency Medical Services Systems
    • AHRQ ACTION Network Partner: Weill Medical College
    • Denver Health Medical Center
  3. Four Advisory Group meetings were held during the course of the project. These meetings were instrumental in guiding the project development team and providing feedback on aspects of project implementation. The results of the project were presented at the final Advisory Group meeting on October 9, 2007. A live demonstration of the sustainable HAvBED computer system was presented during that meeting.
  4. The HAvBED hospital database was initialized with the most recent 2007 American Hospital Association (AHA) Annual Survey Database (2005 data) and the Subsidiary Data Base (2005 data).
  5. Extensive testing and development of the enhanced system was performed.
  6. Project documentation was developed for implementation, use, and ongoing support of the HAvBED system.

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