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WEBSITE OF THE STATE OF SOUTH DAKOTA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH
Doneen Hollingsworth, Secretary of Health

Tracking of Bed Availability (HAvBED)

The HAvBED (Hospital Available Beds for Emergencies and Disasters) system is designed to be a real-time, electronic hospital bed tracking/monitoring system. HAvBED tracks the number of beds available at hospitals, clinics and long-term care facilities and interfaces directly with the U.S. Health and Human Services (HHS) HAvBED data system.

HAvBED serves as a management tool to assist in a system or region’s ability to care for a surge of patients in the event of a mass casualty or large-scale disaster and provides response via emergency department triage capacity reporting. By providing geographical information system (GIS) interactive mapping, emergency responders are able to tell at-a-glance current hospital or shelter bed status and resource availability, such as decontamination facilities, air and land emergency medical service (EMS) providers.

Benefits of HAvBED:

  • Delivers Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) grant guidance compliance for statewide HAvBED polls, including bed availability and situational assessment data that interfaces with HHS
  • Offers hospital evacuation and repatriation status reporting, including level-of-operations, critical asset needs and infrastructure integrity assessments
  • Incorporates HPP situational awareness for flu response, such as syndromic volume surveillance and case reporting activities
  • Supports and strengthens mutual aid relationships across regional and state boundaries
  • Provides extensive reporting, including detailed, summary and trending data aggregation; shelters and shelter-in-place reporting and management; and mental health and dialysis services availability reporting
  • Allows viewing and online requesting of current regional caches.

South Dakota is developing a system capable of reporting bed categories that are consistent with HAvBED requirements and definitions. The system connects to the South Dakota Emergency Operations Center and is linked directly to HHS.

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