Forty percent of evacuees were taking meds before Katrina. Many people who evacuated the Gulf Coast left without their prescriptions and many do not remember the specific medicines they were taking to manage their health problems. (Surveyors are hitting homecare agencies hard over patients not evacuating with with meds, my agency learned at JCAHO prep program.)
WILL PROVIDE PRESCRIPTION MEDICATION INFORMATION FOR KATRINA EVACUEES TO AUTHORIZED HEALTH PROFESSIONALS AND PHARMACISTS
Private and Public Sector Coalition Creates New, Secure Online Service
New York, NY - KatrinaHealth.org, an online service for authorized health professionals to gain electronic access to prescription medication records for evacuees from Hurricane Katrina was officially launched today. The information on the site was compiled and made accessible by a broad group of private companies, public agencies, and national organizations, including medical software companies; pharmacy benefit managers; chain pharmacies; local, state, and federal agencies; and a national foundation. Authorized health professionals and pharmacies will have access to evacuees' medication and dosage information in order to renew prescriptions, prescribe new medications, and coordinate care. This information will be accessible from anywhere in the country.