Harvey Evacuees Leave their Belongings—and Health Records—Behind

Lessons learned from Hurricanes Katrina and Sandy helped healthcare develop and implement electronic health records (EHR) systems, but because of several challenges, many patients find their records difficult to access after a disaster. The author explains these challenges and shares how the federal government’s “Patient Unified Lookup System for Emergencies,” or “PULSE” program is being pilot tested to help healthcare providers address these challenges.
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