IMPRESS: Improving preparedness and response of health services in major crisis

Created on Monday, 13 June 2016

The IMPRESS project is aimed at improving preparedness and response of health services in major crises. When a major incident occurs, emergency health service providers need to coordinate with each other to analyse what services are needed and to allocate the available human/material resources to the location of the incident, while dealing with the time constraints of an emergency.

The IMPRESS integrated system is composed of frontend Incident Management desktop (INCIMAG) and mobile applications (INCIMOB), backend components for data warehousing (WARSYS) and data harmonization (DHC) and Decision Support Tools for patient status evolution prediction (PATEVO), resources evolution prediction (LOGEVO) and source localization (SORLOC) invoked per need by the Recommendation Engine. This system aims to provide a consolidated concept of operations, to effectively manage medical resources, prepare and coordinate response activities, supported by a Decision Support System, using data from multiple heterogeneous sources.

For example, the Logistic Evolution Model forecasts the evolution of the provision of resources to the hospital and to the location of the incident, determining the time-curve of the amount of resources that can be provided to the system by exploiting the incremental capacity of the health structures involved in the crisis. This will improve the efficiency of decision making in emergency health operations and will have a direct impact on the quality of services provided to citizens.

A meeting of IMPRESS and CONCORDE project with representatives of the National Health Operations Center (EKEPY) took place the 6th of May in the facilities of EKEPY. The meeting focused to potential synergies of the two projects in terms of organizing a joint workshop (side event of the PSCE Conference organized by KEMEA in Athens in November 2016), determine common test and demonstration opportunities and investigate complementary use of software and training components of the two projects. The clustering activity will continue based on interaction and elaboration of eventual synergies by a joint working team with representatives of the two projects.

Consequently, on June 7th the IMPRESS project organized and successfully implemented its first real-life pilot to validate the effectiveness of the IMPRESS system, in cooperation with the Civil Protection of Palermo, Italy, involving a significant number of stakeholder agencies, such as the Crisis Unit of the Prefecture of Palermo, the Red Cross (118), the Hospital Bucheri La Ferla, etc. To read more about how the exercise was undertaken click here. For more information on the IMPRESS project just visit their website.

Concorde’s project Coordinator, Dr. Toni Staykova, has been invited by IMPRESS’s project Coordinator, Dr. Sofia Tsekeridou, and participated to the IMPRESS Project pilot as the two projects are elaborating paths for synergetic work.