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This Web Conference, broadcast on October 21, 2003, was the fourth in a series on bioterrorism conducted throughout 2003 via the World Wide Web and telephone. This Web conference focused on how information technologies and surveillance systems are being used in bioterrorism preparedness programs. The User Liaison Program (ULP) of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) developed and sponsored the program.
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An audio tape of the conference is also available for $10.00 through the AHRQ Publications Clearinghouse at 1-800-358-9295. Ask for AHRQ 04-0010-AU, "The Role of Information/Communication Technology and Monitoring/Surveillance Systems in Bioterrorism Preparedness."
Bioterrorism represents a significant public health threat to the United States. Addressing this threat requires the rapid development of Federal, State and local capacity to respond to potential bioterrorism events. To be as effective as possible, these efforts must be directed toward improving the abilities of both our public health system and our health care delivery system, including the individual systems of care, facilities and clinicians that comprise the latter to detect and respond to such threats.
This Web conference focused on:
- The role of information technology in improving syndromic surveillance and decisionmaking.
- New surveillance systems and information they can provide.
- Strategies for better coordinating the functions, uses, and activities associated with the
growing number of systems and organizations involved in public health surveillance.
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Current as of December 2003
The Role of Information/Communication Technology and Monitoring/Surveillance Systems in Bioterrorism Preparedness. Web Conference, broadcast on October 21, 2003. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD. http://www.ahrq.gov/news/ulp/btinfoaud/