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What is it?
MNTrac (Minnesota system for Tracking Resources, Alerts and Communication) is a database-driven, password-protected web application designed to track bed capacity including National Disaster Medical System (NDMS) responses and pharmaceuticals and resources from all hospitals within the state to support surge capacity needs. Additionally, hospital diversion status, emergency incident planning, emergency communication, and emergency alert notifications are supported in real time.
An expandable system, MNTrac currently includes: Hospitals, Emergency Medical Services (EMS), Local Public Health (LPH), Emergency Management (EM), regional caches, Medical Resource Control Centers (MRCC), Poison Control, Minnesota Department of Health (MDH), Emergency Medical Services Regulatory Board (EMSRB) and Skilled Nursing Facilities (SNF). Additional agencies may be added to MNTrac based on need and system capabilities.
The system provides:
- Live website (day-to-day operations)
- Demo website (training, practice and testing)
- Resource tracking
- Patient tracking
- Fatality tracking
- Emergency alerts / advisory notifications
- Emergency communication tools
- Hospital diversion status reporting
- Report writer
- Facility information
- Resource library
- Mass-casualty incident assignment
What does the system do in an incident?
The system allows for inter-facility virtual communication and tracking of patients, bed capacity, pharmaceuticals and resources (e.g., ventilators, personal protective and decontamination equipment). Hospital bed diversion status, emergency event planning, emergency chat, and alert notifications are supported in real time. Information is aggregated from all facilities and can be transported to other systems and agencies to improve communications and share pertinent information. Standard and ad hoc reports can also be generated to turn data into useful information.
What is the role of MDH?
The Minnesota Department of Health will administer and maintain MNTrac, providing support to users. Implementation of MNTrac to hospitals began May 2006 and was completed May 2007. Additional modules are being added to the system and training provided to a variety of disciplines: hospitals, EMS, Emergency Managers, public health, skilled nursing facilities.
Who can I contact for more information?
Please contact the following MDH staff person:
Healthcare Systems Communications Planner
Office of Emergency Preparedness
Minnesota Department of Health
625 N. Robert St.
P.O. Box 64975
St. Paul, MN 55164-0975