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IMPRESS: Medical location-aware decision making during emergencies

: Gkotsis, I.; Eftychidis, G.; Leventakis, G.; Mountzouris, M.; Diagourtas, D.; Kostaridis, A.; Hedel, Ralf; Olunczek, Andrej; Hahmann, Stefan


Themistocleous, K. ; Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers -SPIE-, Bellingham/Wash.:
Fifth International Conference on Remote Sensing and Geoinformation of the Environment, RSCy 2017 : Paphos, Cyprus, 20-23 March 2017
Bellingham, WA: SPIE, 2017 (Proceedings of SPIE 10444)
ISBN: 978-1-5106-1352-2
ISBN: 978-1-5106-1353-9
Paper 104440S, 12 pp.
International Conference on Remote Sensing and Geoinformation of the Environment (RSCy) <5, 2017, Paphos>
European Commission EC
IMproving Preparedness and Response of HEalth Services in major criseS
Conference Paper
Fraunhofer IVI ()
emergency management; disaster response; patient-tracking; geo-information tool

Emergency situations and mass casualties involve several agencies and public authorities, which need to gather data from the incident scene and exchange geo-referenced information to provide fast and accurate first aid to the people in need. Tracking patients on their way to the hospitals can prove critical in taking lifesaving decisions. Increased and continuous flow of information combined by vital signs and geographic location of emergency victims can greatly reduce the response time of the medical emergency chain and improve the efficiency of disaster medicine activity. Recent advances in mobile positioning systems and telecommunications are providing the technology needed for the development of location-aware medical applications. IMPRESS is an advanced ICT platform based on adequate technologies for developing location-aware medical response during emergencies. The system incorporates mobile and fixed components that collect field data from diverse sources, support medical location and situation-based services and share information on the patient’s transport from the field to the hospitals. In IMPRESS platform tracking of victims, ambulances and emergency services vehicles is integrated with medical, traffic and crisis management information into a common operational picture. The Incident Management component of the system manages operational resources together with patient tracking data that contain vital sign values and patient’s status evolution. Thus, it can prioritize emergency transport decisions, based on medical and location-aware information. The solution combines positioning and information gathered and owned by various public services involved in MCIs or large-scale disasters. IMPRESS solution, were validated in field and table top exercises in cooperation with emergency services and hospitals.