The HHS emPOWER Program provides dynamic data, training and mapping tools to help communities protect the health of more than 4.2 million Medicare beneficiaries who live independently and are electricity and health care dependent. One of those tools, the HHS emPOWER Map, provides de-identified Medicare data, down to the ZIP Code, for 2.5 million of those that rely on electricity-dependent medical equipment, such as ventilators, oxygen concentrators, wheelchairs and certain cardiac devices.
The emPOWER AI Action puts the power of the HHS emPOWER Map data into the hands of every first responder (e.g. fire, emergency medical services, sheriffs), public health and emergency management official, health care provider, utility and local community members. Each can help their community be better prepared and ready to act to assist electricity-dependent populations in the event of a prolonged power outage or other emergency.
By asking one quick question, you can access emPOWER data at the national, territory, state, county, and ZIP Code levels to support emergency preparedness and response activities, such as identifying geographic locations that may require more first-responder support, or for planning evacuations. Local community centers and organizations can potentially support these activities by providing access to facilities that have power so individuals can recharge their back up batteries.
The emPOWER AI Action and HHS emPOWER Program represents the HHS Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ dedication to helping communities to better anticipate and protect the health of at-risk populations that may require assistance in an emergency or disaster. To learn more, please visit https://empowermap.hhs.gov/.
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How to use this action on a smartphone:
To get started, open Google Assistant and say "Talk to emPOWER AI".
You can ask the emPOWER AI to provide data for the following geographic areas:
- Nation-wide (United States)
- U.S. Territory
- ZIP Code
You can also ask emPOWER AI to provide data for your location by saying things like "How many electricity-dependent people are in my location", or "Tell me the number of beneficiaries in my ZIP Code".
How to use this Action on a Google Home speaker:
With a Google Home speaker, you can simply jump right in and say "Hey Google, Talk to emPOWER AI" to launch this Action and start asking specific questions. Alternately, you can ask a question when launching the Action: "Hey Google, talk to emPOWER AI and ask how many electricity-dependent Medicare beneficiaries are in California?".
This Action was designed by the HHS emPOWER Program and developed by CTAC.
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