Delivering health information in emergencies: Natural disasters

Magnus Health
June 5, 2013
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Delivering health information in emergencies: Natural disasters

In the wake of recent events in Oklahoma and Kansas, we cannot ignore the impact of natural disasters, or the severity of the damage they inflict, both during and after the event. Tornadoes, hurricanes, tsunamis, earthquakes, wildfire, etc. do not discriminate, and none of us are invulnerable to their power. So what do we do?

We must prepare. But we can’t prepare solely for before and during natural disasters. Preparation includes considering the post-disaster injuries and traumas that our students may suffer. Questions to keep in mind for post-natural disaster planning include:

  • Do we know if emergency student health information is accessible?
  • Can the hospital view vital information like medications, allergies, and conditions?
  • Are parents and emergency contacts abreast of the situation and where the child is being taken for treatment?

Post-disaster preparation can be aided significantly, and these questions can be answered, with an electronic health record system in place. Electronic systems, like the one at Moore Medical Center in Oklahoma, enable healthcare providers to treat the injured or displaced with the aid of a complete patient record. Instead of starting from scratch, a doctor can view a full health history and any existing treatments, ensuring the most informed and thorough care is administered, even in the wake of a disaster.

A Student Medical Record (SMR), is to a school health center, as an electronic health record system is to a hospital. SMR empowers school nurses, trainers, and staff to provide vital health information to healthcare providers treating injured students. During an emergency situation, the SMR emergency module, Magnus911, electronically delivers the student’s health information to the point of care, ensuring the best possible treatment is available to students when they absolutely need it most.

With the PowerSchool, Magnus Health SMR integration, schools using both PowerSchool and SMR can take advantage of Magnus911. The new integration means vital health information is available in the most secure, efficient, and easily accessible manner.

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How Magnus911 works: Magnus911 is web-based and accessible from any device with an Internet connection. The system protects information by automatically assigning a unique 16-digit identifier to each student, and in an emergency, first responders and ER staff can securely access vital health and emergency contact information for a period of 24 hours. From within Magnus911, you can also fax the vital health information to a hospital while the student is in transit, and send alerts and updates to emergency contacts.

Learn more about this partnership and product capabilities in a free web demonstration June 20th, at 11 AM EDT / 8 AM PDT.

This is the second in a four part series, focusing on the Magnus Health, Pearson integration, and delivering health information in emergencies.