HAvBED is a federally-mandated program that requires states to collect and report local hospital available bed data. HAvBED data helps identify healthcare system capacity and demand during a public health emergency or mass casualty incident. In California, the CDPHi EPO manages the HAvBED program in partnership with the California Emergency Medical Services Authority (EMSA).
As part of the federal Hospital Preparedness Program (HPP) grant, CDPH conducts regular statewide drills to collect HAvBED data from California’s 435 licensed general acute care hospitals (GACHs). Such drills require all California hospitals to report their data to CDPH within a specific time frame requested.