HHS calls for DME location system
WASHINGTON – The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) seeks a system to locate people using life-sustaining DME and assess the status of their devices during prolonged power outages or disasters. The agency has issued an “Ideation Challenge” and is offering $10,000 in total rewards for solutions that would provide real-time and remotely accessible information to emergency personnel. During power outages or disasters, those with electrically powered DME often go to shelters or emergency rooms, or need assistance managing their medical conditions. “We need a reliable system available to identify, locate and assist these individuals in a timely fashion,” the agency stated in a news release.