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ASPR Next Areas of Interest

Revolutionizing Disaster Care with Next Generation Technology

ASPR is excited to work with its partners to create a vision for next-generation solutions that can be used to support better health outcomes when disaster strikes. We plan to focus on some of the most challenging issues in disaster health care. These issues are outlined in the Areas of Interest defined in the APSR Next Request for Information.

AOI-1: Electronic Health Records (EHR) for use in austere settings

Development of an intelligent, interoperable, and transportable systems that can produce and manage patient information such as EHR, patient tracking, patient monitoring (case management), and data reporting, in ideal and austere settings, with a simplified interfaces (desktop and mobile alike) for providers with incorporation of biometric identification methods. 

AOI-2: Priority Medicines on Demand

Development of transformational devices for end-to-end pharmaceutical, vaccine and/or biologics production in small-scale, modular, continuous manufacturing platforms.  ASPR is also interested in developing technologies that can transform drinking water to water for sterile injection, complete with physiological additives suitable for infusion for production at point-of-delivery. 

AOI-3: Dialysis Care in Disaster Settings

ASPR is working to ensure dialysis patients have access to portable dialysis technologies, and access to treatment no matter the situation.  ASPR is seeking to develop next-generation portable technologies for hemodialysis in disaster settings. 

AOI-4: Medical Countermeasure Dispensing

Development of capabilities to ensure rapid dispensing of medical countermeasures to metropolitan statistical areas (i.e. jurisdictions and surrounding areas).  This is inclusive of alternate delivery and dispensing solutions and the development of alternative delivery platforms for pharmaceutical, vaccine and biologic administration.

AOI-5: Distributed Power for Disasters

Develop capabilities that establish a long-term power supply for medical treatment facilities from multiple fuel, renewable, and natural sources if the electrical grid fails.

AOI-6: Real-Time Healthcare System Capacity Reporting

Develop capabilities that enable secure, confidential and controlled means to track healthcare provider capacity to respond to disasters in a dynamic and timely fashion.

AOI-7: Disaster Response and Recovery Intelligence

Develop capabilities that bring together deep learning, Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) applications to forecast disaster impacts and automate replenishment of supplies during disasters.

AOI-8: Advanced Medical Interventions for Disasters

Develop capabilities to address advanced health security vulnerabilities, establish trusted data platforms to secure health-related information and investigate linkages between clinical manifestation of disease and multi-omic indicators within dedicated US-based facilities to open new pipelines for medical countermeasure discovery.

AOI-9: Telehealth Applications

Provide telehealth services for medical professionals and para-professionals to better assist state, local, tribal and territorial health systems during disaster response and recovery. These teams of medical professionals and para-professionals include advanced clinicians (nurse practitioners/physician assistants), medical officers, registered nurses, respiratory therapists, paramedics, pharmacists, safety specialists, logistical specialists, information technologists, communication and administrative specialists.

  • This page last reviewed: August 05, 2019