RTI International is teaming up with the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality to develop a tracking system for patients who are involved in disasters.

No financial terms were disclosed.

The focus of the Integrated Patient Tracking/Locator Model tracking system is to help emergency officials better deal with future disasters, such as Hurricane Katrina. RTI will develop a system that tracks patients evacuated “within a mass casualty medical treatment system in response to natural, industrial and transportation disasters as well as terrorist attacks,” RTI said in a statement.

“We’re designing a system that will make locating and tracking casualties and coordinating relief efforts following a disaster easier and more efficient than ever before,” said Scott F. Wetterhall, RTI’s principal investigator for the project. “With this system, first responders and government agencies will be much better prepared to deal with a disaster like Hurricane Katrina.”

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