DHS Again Asks Nursing Homes, Hospitals to Use EMResource Bed Tracking System
The Wisconsin Department of Health Services’ (DHS's) Division of Quality Assurance and Division of Public Health again is asking all nursing homes, hospitals, EMS providers and others to use the EMResource Bed Tracking System during the COVID-19 pandemic.
In a memo
to nursing homes, hospitals, emergency medical service (EMS) providers and local and tribal health departments, DHS wrote, “The EMResource Bed Tracking System tracks bed availability, identifies the number of patients pending post-acute care discharge, and provides a real-time picture of bed capacity in both hospitals and nursing homes across the state.” DHS said the system “has the ability to save hospitals and nursing homes many hours of searching for beds by phone and email.”
DHS hopes the system will help hospital discharge teams find the right place for each person at the right time and allow nursing home admission coordinators to have the opportunity to receive patient referrals and focus on transition of care. DHS also believes reporting the data is critical to making decisions on staffing resources statewide.
To register with EMResources, click here
. For questions or more information about the program, contact DHS at DHSEMResource@dhs.wisconsin.gov
This story originally appeared in the September 16, 2021 edition of WHA Newsletter