Office of Emergency Preparedness Mandates Use of the At Risk Registry (Developed by mumms® Software) in Hospice and Home Health Agencies
The Office of Emergency Preparedness has mandated the use of the At Risk Registry (developed by mumms® Software) for home health and hospice agencies helping save lives if a disaster should occur. Announced May 28, 2014, Hospice and Home Health Agencies are now required to enroll with the At Risk Registry at no charge and submit patient information to the system if the patient will require community assistance in the event of a disaster.
The At Risk Registry keeps track of at-risk patients, ensuring that in any emergency event, all patients are safely evacuated and returned home. Home Health and Hospice agencies are required to flag their "At-Risk Patients", those patients that have no planned way to evacuate during a disaster, every 7 days, 365 days a year. The At Risk Registry will give state emergency preparedness leaders easy access to real-time data for the list of at-risk patients for their specific parish. The data will ensure these leaders can account for the safe evacuation and return of patients should a disaster strike.
The At Risk Registry was created by mumms® Software, developers of a Hospice EMR, in response to Hurricane Katrina, when CEO Leo Radosta saw the need for a software to track these at-risk individuals. Radosta teamed up with Jamey Boudreaux, President of the Louisiana-Mississippi Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (LMHPCO), to develop the At Risk Registry.
"With a commitment to Hospice since 1989, it was a natural next step for mumms® to develop a way to help easily track vulnerable individuals for safe evacuation and return,” declared CEO Leo Radosta. "The program was designed to be beneficial for clinicians and community leaders and ultimately for patients and their families at these times of panic. We're thrilled that it's been accepted at such a high level so it can save more lives and give peace of mind to all involved."
The mandated use of the At Risk Registry comes the same year as the requirement that all hospices have a written emergency preparedness plan. LMHPCO and HCLA (HomeCare Association of Louisiana) will be hosting meetings throughout the state to introduce agencies to the new Emergency Preparedness requirements and enabling them to register for the At Risk Registry. A schedule of these meetings is available at http://www.atriskregistry.com/events.
About the At Risk Registry: The At Risk Registry is a secure, web-based, application used to track the real-time status, location and medical needs for vulnerable segments of the population in order to coordinate and track their safe evacuation and return whenever a natural or man-made disaster strikes. Learn more at www.atriskregistry.com
About mumms® Software: Developed in 1989, mumms® Software offers the most user friendly, comprehensible, mobile and fully integrated business and clinical software suite for Hospice and Palliative Care. It helps provide quality care to patients from the time of initial referral through the bereavement process, and is the most innovative and customizable in the field. Learn more at www.mumms.com.