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U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

National Emergency Tele Critical Care Network

A System to Expand the Availability of Medical Expertise in Disaster Locations

National Emergency Tele Critical Care Network (NETCCN) is focused on building a cloud-based health information system that will support healthcare facilities during disasters and emergencies.

In many parts of the country, there are not enough qualified clinicians to provide care during the COVID-19 pandemic or to respond to other public health emergencies. However, telehealth could be used to bring healthcare professionals to COVID-19 hotspots digitally, creating virtual critical care wards.

NETCCN is being designed to help facilities that lack access to critical care expertise by helping local caregivers coordinate lifesaving activities with each other; patients and their family members; and remote NETCCN critical care experts. This virtual care solution will expand the reach of critical care specialists and qualified clinicians to areas where they are needed without having to be physically deployed.

NETCCN is being developed as the next key component of a regional and national emergency/disaster medical network of capabilities, services and systems and is currently focused on supporting healthcare facilities that lack the critical care expertise necessary for care of severe COVID-19 illnesses.

In a powerful partnership, NETCNN will be handling the operational and medical expertise aspects of a system of hardware and software built by the Department of Defense’s (DOD) Telemedicine and Advanced Technology Research Center (TATRC).


From a concept to deployment for COVID-19, NETCCCN is being developed as the next key component of a regional and national emergency/disaster medical network and is in the process of reaching milestones that include:

Prototype icon Prototype minimum viable tele critical care platforms including continuous monitoring, care coordination, connectedness, and data collection
Automation icon Adding increased hospital like capabilities at the point of need, including interoperability, remote control/automating task, and resources and supply
analytics/artificial intelligence icon Adding predictive analytics/artificial intelligence
mobile app icon Mobile app interface and web portal interface for end users
policy icon Full HIPAA, FEDRAMP, and HITRUST compliance

Contact Us

If your facility is interested learning more about tele-critical care expertise during disasters and emergencies, contact please contact James Beach at

  • This page last reviewed: January 07, 2021