Author: Mel McIntyre, managing director, OpenApp
Last week’s 12-year anniversary of 9/11 reminds us of the importance of co-ordination and clarity of roles as part of the effective response to major disasters. The E Zone module within Health Atlas Ireland is designed to help address such issues in the preparation and response to major emergencies in Ireland.
The Framework for Major Emergency Management 2006 is an agreed structure which enables An Garda Síochána, the Health Service Executive (HSE) and local authorities to prepare for and make a co-ordinated response to major emergencies resulting from events such as fires, transport accidents, hazardous substance incidents and severe weather.
The HSE Emergency Management Office collaborated with the HSE Health Intelligence and OpenApp to develop a software application to aid in co-ordination and communication when planning for, evaluating or responding to a major emergency.
The application is built on the Health Atlas Ireland platform, which brings together necessary datasets through sharing and collaboration from a broad range of Irish public information service providers: