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Emergency Preparedness Information Workgroup

A Community of Practice leveraging the strength of the membership of the workgroup and focuses on concepts where group could have a meaningful impact.

White paper Now Available: Pandemic Response Insights and Recommendations

Workgroup Purpose

This workgroup provides a forum to learn about health information technology innovations impacting emergency preparedness. The workgroup will focus on concepts that create potential challenges for states in terms of interoperability and Health IT modernization in the emergency preparedness area.

Focus Areas

  • Policy and/or regulatory
  • Programmatic challenges
  • Data/data privacy and security
  • Funding and resources
  • Communications

Planned Deliverables

  • Lessons learned from response to the COVID pandemic as it relates to Health IT and interoperability; this might include policy and regulatory challenges, data quality and availability and privacy
  • Key concepts and items to consider to improve disaster response utilizing technology innovations and best practices across states, HIEs, HINs and partners
  • Create a Community of Practice where Public Health, Medicaid and other state agencies/entities, etc and federal partners can discuss innovations and blockers to those innovations

White paper Now Available: Pandemic Response Insights and Recommendations


Nora Belcher

Executive Director
Texas e-Health Alliance

Adam Harrell

Associate Director
Virginia Department of Health
Office of Emergency Medical Services

Planned Call for Participation Coming Soon

Initial membership includes states, federal partners, HIEs and others:

California Association of Health Information Exchanges (CAHIE)
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS)
Florida HIE Services
Health and Human Services (HHS)
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR)
Texas eHealth Alliance
The Sequoia Project
U.S. Department of Transportation

To expand the scope of the work, it is necessary to expand the scope of the membership to others, in particular, to other states who are frequently engaged in disaster response.


In 2018, The Sequoia Project was a steward for the Patient Unified Lookup System for Emergencies (PULSE), a program that was conceived by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC), and launched the PULSE Advisory Council. In 2021, The PULSE Advisory Council transformed into the Emergency Preparedness Information Workgroup.

Learn more about the history of PULSE and the work of the PULSE Advisory Council that led to the formation of the EPIW here.

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