May 18, 2006 -- Columbus, OH— Crawford County residents using 9-1-1 have a new way to relay critical medical history information to emergency response personnel with the recent implementation of the Homeland Individual Locator Service (HILS), using technology provided by Digital Data Technologies, Inc (DDTI®).
The HILS program, which is a service provided by the Ohio Heartland Community Action Commission and the first of its kind in Ohio, allows citizens to upload personal medical history information and other relevant details to a secure database for responding medical personnel to access in the event of an emergency. The voluntary online survey includes fields for emergency contacts, medication/allergen information, the floor plan of the participant’s home for emergency personnel navigation, and even whether there are pets, flammables or firearms at the property.
“The information you provide the HILS database speaks for you in the event you are unable,” said Philip Richardson, HILS project manager. “It's such a powerful tool, and can truly save time in a rescue situation."
Should an enrolled HILS household experience a need to dial 9-1-1, a blinking icon appears on the receiving dispatcher’s screen. With the click of a mouse, a dialogue box lists all of the information the calling subscriber opted to complete. The 9-1-1 dispatcher can relay these details to the unit en route that will then be able to confidently identify the best course of emergency treatment.
“Now we will know upon receiving a call whether that person has allergies to a certain medication or a history of other health conditions,” said Crawford County EMA Coordinator Tim Flock. “Not only does it benefit our county by having that history of a patient and any pertinent information they care to give, but it shortens response times and keeps our responders safer.”
Flock also found the HILS data to offer another solution for an issue on the minds of many public officials since last year’s Hurricane Katrina disaster. “This program will help us identify where our citizens with special needs reside in the event of an emergency, which is priceless information when time is of the essence.”
The HILS program is only compatible with DDTI applications, and is currently available in Crawford County.
Digital Data Technologies, Inc., is a premier full-service vendor specializing in the creation and dissemination of Geographical Information Systems data. Please visit
www.hilsonline.org to learn more about the success of Crawford County’s HILS implementation. For more information on other DDTI services, call toll free 1-888-800-4003 or email