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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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A Sustainable Bed Availability Reporting System

Final Report

HAvBED 2 (Hospital Available Beds for Emergencies and Disasters) is a sustainable bed availability reporting system resident at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to be used at a national, regional, or local level as a management tool to help systems and regions care for a surge of patients in the event of a mass casualty incident. HAvBED 2 builds on the initial HAvBED released by Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) in 1995 as a demonstration project. HAvBED 2 is operational now at This report details the system's development.

HAvBED 2 was developed by AHRQ with funding by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR).

This report was prepared by Denver Health, Denver, Colarado, under Contract No. HHSA2902006000201.

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Stephen V. Cantrill, M.D., Principal Investigator
Peter T. Pons, M.D., Co-Principal Investigator

EMC2 Subcontractor Contributors:
Scott Daub
Chad Sawinski
Janet McIllece
Sheryl Rahmani


I. Summary
II. Purpose/Objectives
III. Background
IV. Methods
V. Results
   A. Hospital Bed Definitions and Data Elements
   B. System-to-System Communication Protocol
   C. Database and Web Development
   D. Interface and Manual Data Entry
   E. Enhancements Made to the Sustainable HAvBED System Compared with the Demonstration System
   F. HAvBED and the National Incident Management System
   G. Demonstration of the HAvBED Production System
VI. Recommendations for Implementation
   A. Conceptual Recommendations
   B. Technical Recommendations
Appendix. Advisory Group Members

AHRQ Publication No. 09-0058-EF
Current as of April 2009


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