The Irvine team implemented CareDEX, a set of information preparedness tools for first responders, caregivers, and other stakeholders to advance disaster response and resiliency for older adult populations.
CareDEX addresses the critical national need of improving the resilience of aging populations to large disasters. Across disasters caused by flooding, wildfires and earthquakes, older adults account for over 75% of deaths. CareDEX aims to enhance and transform past dire outcomes for older adults by enabling resilience through information preparedness.
CareDEX creates a scalable, accurate and secure information/data exchange architecture that captures specialized and personalized needs of older adults during disasters (e.g., dementia, dialysis/oxygen needs, impairments, etc), and enables information access to local caregivers while incorporating appropriate constraints on sharing and use.
CareDEX was developed on top of a novel and tested IoT data management platform called TIPPERS, which supports sensor and semantic level data and a seamless translation of data/queries across these levels for accurate situational awareness.
The tool incorporates spatial and resident data apriori, ingests a variety of live data from devices, visualizes and provides on-demand access of critical information needs for first responders along with regional impact data to inform decision making.
The team developed strong partnerships with key civic partners and stakeholders (senior living facilities, fire service, emergency management, local and regional governments, and response organizations) to help inform the development, testing, evaluation, sustainability and extensibility of the platform.