Public Health Preparedness and Emergency Medicine
In emergency situations, it is the utmost responsibility of healthcare organizations and government agencies to maintain a state of professional readiness for emergency response to public health concerns. All public health and medical response begins with having personnel with proper training.
Apprio’s public health and response programs answer the call to be prepared for pandemics and other public health threats. With almost two decades of experience in public health and emergency management, Apprio combines this expertise with a deep proficiency in information technology, program and risk management, and strategic communications to deliver highly effective solutions to clients.
Apprio provides a wide set of services to aid clients in facilitating public health and emergency medical preparedness:
- Planning, training and exercises
- Healthcare professional credentials management
- Policy development and evaluation
- Hazard, risk and readiness assessments
- Preparedness and response program evaluation
- Continuity of operations planning
- Emergency medical services system support
- Disaster behavioral health
- Program management support
- Mobile IT systems support (electronic health records, communications platforms, etc.)
Apprio trains clients for effective response, focusing heavily on the critical first 48 hours of a public health incident. We help clients measure the performance of their plans and help them to achieve more successful results when emergencies occur.
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
National Disaster Medical System
Apprio Supports NDMS Mobile EHR and Patient Tracking System
Apprio supported the National Disaster Medical System (NDMS), which is a partnership between DoD, VA, DHS and HHS and the U.S. Coast Guard. For NDMS, Apprio developed the Electronic Medical Record (EMR) and patient tracking system, known as the Disaster Medical Information Suite (DMIS). This patient tracking system includes a suite of applications used to capture patient encounters and movement during federal responses that provides health, epidemiology and patient tracking throughout a patient’s continuum of care.
Patient care includes Electronic Health Records (EHR), pharmaceutical dispensing and formulary management, lab, inventory and vitals. Additionally, Apprio maintains the technology platform, application programs and deployment kits required during an actual deployment. Apprio also created the Patient Movement Items Tracking System (PMITS) and TRANSCOM Regulating and Command & Control Evacuation System (TRAC2ES), both of which support patient tracking and movement during emergency medical scenarios.
U.S Department of Health and Human Services
Medical Reimbursement Program
Apprio Supports Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)
Apprio supports HHS Medical Reimbursement Program for the following:
Haiti Earthquake Medical Reimbursement (HEMR) Program
For the HHS National Disaster Medical Service (NDMS), Apprio developed a claims processing and payment solution for the NDMS providers which cared for Haiti Earthquake victims under the Haiti Earthquake Supplemental program enacted on June 30, 2010.
NDMS Definitive Care Reimbursement Program
Apprio is responsible for processing any reimbursement claims from qualifying institutional providers and licensed practitioners and making all reimbursement payments to providers using Medicare rates and methodologies (and Medicaid where necessary) as a guideline for adjudication decisions and rates. Apprio maintains the readiness of a Commercial-off-the-Shelf (COTS) claims processing system to support the program.
ASPR Ebola Hospital Reimbursement Program
Apprio audits all reimbursement applications, claims, payer explanation of benefits, medical records and other supporting documentation as required to substantiate extraordinary supply, staffing, service and disposed asset costs directly related to the care of Ebola patients. Apprio then makes payments on behalf of ASPR to the provider.
U.S. Department of Homeland Security
U.S. Coast Guard
Supporting the U.S. Coast Guard
Apprio provides system development and integration services to support the implementation, configuration and integration of Commercial-off-the-shelf and Government-off-the-shelf software that comprises the Integrated Health Information System (IHiS) used by the U.S. Coast Guard and its federal partners. IHiS supports the workflows associated with credentialing, privileging, role management, healthcare delivery, document & image management, health information exchange, work-life case management, occupation health service, safety management, incident reporting & tracking management, industrial hygiene management and a hazard exposure assessment tool.
U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command
Supporting the U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command
Apprio is further developing for the U.S. Army a Disaster Medical Information Suite (DMIS) that Apprio developed for the Department of Health and Human Services. Apprio is adapting the functionality of the Electronic Medical Record (EMR) and the Health Information Repository for use by the DoD Combatant Commands (COCOMs) during foreign humanitarian assistance and disaster recovery operations. COCOMs participate in a range of non-combat field medical engagements that require the collection and sharing of civilian health information in an international setting, and Apprio is developing a tool that they can use to collect patient data to be given to the host nation.
Apprio is working with the U.S. Army to build a version of EMR as an Android application and to move the DMIS into a Common Development (open source) environment. The Army’s long-term vision is that the open source community will help domestic and international health departments to use the EMR and Hhealth surveillance applications.