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|Fred M. Jacobs, M.D., J.D.|
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New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) Commissioner Fred M. Jacobs, M.D., J.D. announced today the formal opening of the Health Command Center (HCC), a $1.8 million facility from which the Department can respond in real time to a full spectrum of health emergencies, including infectious diseases, natural and manmade disasters.
From the HCC, located in the Health and Agriculture building in
“In a matter of minutes, the HCC can produce a complete picture of the New Jersey health system, including hospital divert status, the availability of medical equipment and needed medications, allowing staff to effectively manage our resources when time is of the essence,” Dr. Jacobs said.
The HCC is integral to the activities of the New Jersey State Emergency Management System linked directly to the New Jersey State Police Regional Operations and
The HCC will utilize advanced health decision software known as Hippocrates. The software integrates dynamic and static data from the Department’s nine
Hippocrates also enables the Department to assess healthcare resources and communicate with these partners as an emergency is unfolding. Federal partners and other state agencies, like the New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness and the New Jersey State Police, will have access to the system as well.
Outside of emergencies, Hippocrates provides the department with situational awareness on the status of the health system in
"Disease outbreaks, such as a pandemic, present significant challenges to the health and emergency management communities,” said Capt. Jerome Hatfield of the New Jersey State Police. “This center contributes greatly to enhancing the communication between responding agencies. Better communication and sharing of valued resources will allow us to more effectively protect the citizens of
The HCC was funded through state appropriations. The Hippocrates software was built in increments over the course of the last several years with $2 million in federal funding from the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Health Resources and Services Administration.
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