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Keep up to date on the latest information from the HHS emPOWER Program and its partners working to protect the health and safety of at-risk individuals with access and functional needs.

January 29, 2024

emPOWER AI Featured in "Artificial Intelligence is already in use at HHS" Politico Article

The HHS emPOWER Program’s tool, emPOWER AI, was recently featured in Politico's article, "Artificial Intelligence is already in use at HHS", as one of four ways HHS is leveraging AI in its day-to-day activities. emPOWER AI is a public, voice-activated tool available through Amazon Alexa that provides de-identified totals for Medicare beneficiaries who rely on electricity-dependent durable medical equipment and/or certain essential health care services at the national, state, county, and ZIP Code levels and helps emergency and first responders on the front line of every incident, emergency or disaster.

For more detailed information and additional resources, please visit the emPOWER AI page on the HHS emPOWER Program Platform January 29, 2024.

September 27, 2023

The HHS emPOWER Map Launches New Natural Hazard Data Layers

The HHS emPOWER Map is pleased to announce the launch of additional natural hazard data layers which provides dynamic, real-time data on environmental conditions to help communities better anticipate, plan for, and address the potential needs of electricity-dependent at-risk individuals who may rapidly need assistance in the event of an incident, emergency, or disaster.

For a more detailed information and the full list of the available data layers, review page 3 of the HHS emPOWER Map Job Aid September 27, 2023.

February 16, 2023

The HHS emPOWER Program Protects Patients Who Depend on Electrical Devices Before, During, and After Natural Disasters

For the past ten years, the HHS emPOWER Program has used data and AI to help communities protect the health of more than 4.3 million Medicare beneficiaries who live independently and rely on electricity-dependent durable medical and assistive equipment and devices, and essential health care services. emPOWER Director, Kristen Finne, sits down with Healthcast to talk about the genesis, evolution of the program and explains how critical data-sharing efforts and the emPOWER tools deliver just-in-time information to inform preparedness and response efforts.

Listen to the Part One of the episode at GovernmentCioMedia.com February 7, 2023

February 16, 2023

The HHS emPOWER Data Sharing Successes Prompt Government-Wide Collaboration

In Part Two, Director Kristen Finne highlights on the importance of federal-to-community partners collaboration throughout the emergency management cycle. She explains the evolution of the emPOWER program, how her passion to help disproportionately impacted people contributes to the emPOWER framework, and what’s next for the future of the emPOWER program.

Listen to the Part Two of the episode at GovernmentCioMedia.com February 16, 2023

January 19, 2021

Press Release:
HHS launches COVID-19 at-risk Medicare population dashboard, related online tools to support COVID-19 response

To aid state, territorial and local health departments in community-level pandemic response efforts such as implementing COVID-19 vaccination plans that meet the needs of Americans ages 65 and older, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) today unveiled a suite of online tools built from existing programs and information technology platforms…..

Read more on PHE.gov January 19, 2021

December 10, 2020

The HHS emPOWER Program Launches a New Platform to Support Community Partners

The HHS emPOWER Program (emPOWER) has officially launched the HHS emPOWER Program Platform, a new mobile-ready technical assistance platform that provides public health, health care, and emergency management organizations, first responders, power companies, and many other partners with emPOWER data, tools, training, and informational resources to help them anticipate, plan for, and respond to incidents, emergencies, and disasters in their communities.

Read more on PHE.gov December 10, 2020

June 4, 2020

emPOWER AI: Harnessing the Power of Artificial Intelligence to Drive Data to Frontline Emergency Responders

In an emergency response, timing is everything. As hurricane and wildfire season gets underway, think back to the 2017 historic hurricanes and wildfires which presented new challenges not only for the scale but also for the impact to critical infrastructure. To help those on the frontline and some of our country’s most vulnerable citizens, emPOWER had to innovate and offer a tool that could deliver data with minimal actions and in seconds.

Read more on PHE.gov June 4, 2020

February 26, 2020

emPOWER AI Selected for a 2020 FedHealthIT Award

FedHealthIT 2020 Innovation Award Winners Announced:

From CMS, HRSA, FDA, USDS and HHS to VA and DHA, the 2020 Innovation Award Winners include a good mix of Federal Programs driving innovation and results that are making a difference.

Read more on FedHealthIT.com February 26, 2020

April 12, 2019

New Training to Enhance Disaster Health Outcomes for Your Whole Community

In planning for the whole community’s needs during a disaster, consider that on any given day, approximately half of the U.S. population has a temporary or permanent condition that limits their ability to take action in an emergency.

Read more on PHE.gov April 12, 2019