The California Emergency Medical Services Authority has funded development of a solution to provide real-time health information exchange during disasters, when electronic health records are frequently unavailable to first responders and providers.

The agency awarded Baltimore-based health IT company Audacious Inquiry (Ai) a $518,000 contract that runs through July 2017 to develop the standards-based Patient Unified Lookup System for Emergencies (PULSE) platform to enable the secure exchange of healthcare data across HIE and provider organizations during both natural and manmade disasters.

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