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GIS mapping technology strengthens emergency prep

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January 1, 2010

Many people have computer navigation devices in their vehicles. These work with global positioning system (GPS) satellites and use the same geographic information system (GIS) mapping technology that is helping hospitals enhance their disaster preparedness, safety, and security programs.

Another everyday application of GIS is obtaining driving directions online from sites like Google™ Maps or MapQuest®.

The best part? A lot of this technology free or cheaply available to hospitals if emergency planning leaders twist the correct arms of fellow responders in the community and tap into government resources from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and other agencies.

Such networking can count toward Joint Commission compliance, too, as the accreditor emphasizes community outreach during the course of emergency planning under emergency management standard EM.01.01.01.

Many geographic information system (GIS) mapping systems are cheaply available to hospitals if emergency planning leaders twist the correct arms of fellow responders in the community and tap into government resources from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and other agencies.



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