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U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Key Accomplishments: HHS emPOWER Initiative

  • Created the nation’s first interactive map that integrates big data on health care, real-time weather data, and GIS to help communities prepare for the needs of over 2.5 million people who rely on electricity-dependent medical equipment and other critical medical devices in every zip code.
  • Leading up to Hurricane Matthew’s landfall, state health officials used emPOWER data to conduct lifesaving outreach to more than 30,000 people at risk in the storm’s path.
  • Health officials in 43 states, 5 territories, and 3 cities accessed emPOWER data about the types of medical equipment and home health care services used in their communities to plan for the emergency needs of 3.8 million at-risk Americans.

  • This page last reviewed: December 13, 2016