“Can Information Systems help prevent a Public health crisis?”
Question # 1
Describe and diagram the existing process for reporting and identifying major health problems, such as a flu pandemic.
Now a day we found out predictions about large scale loss of life’s from biological or chemical attacks. Computer estimates that between 2 to 100 million people could die from pandemic influenza. This is a very serious issue for the survival of mankind. On may 23 2006 U.S government issued a plan to monitor Pandemic Influenza. The implementation plan calls for improving mechanisms for real time surveillance in acute care settings such as hospitals, clinics, I.C.Us etc. BioSense Real Time Clinical Connection program is one of those initiatives. It is developed by U.S Federal Centers for Dieses Control and Presentation (CDC).
Question # 2
How does BioSense improve this process? Diagram the process for reporting and identifying public health problems using BioSense.
BioSense sits upon a hospital’s existing information system. It gathers and analyzes their data in real time. The software keeps all of patient data. It includes sex, age, zip code of residence, laboratory results etc. BioSense improved the process in a way that registered member can view the latest updates. It is very much better from the traditional process of monitoring. It is very fast and easy to analyze process.
Question # 3
Discuss the process and cons of adopting BioSense for public health surveillance. Should all public agencies switch to BioSense? Why or why not?
BioSense sits upon a hospital’s existing information system. It gathers and analyzes their data in real time. The software keeps all of patient data. It includes sex, age, zip code of residence, laboratory results etc. The software converts this data to HL7 data messaging format which is standard for health care industry. It transmits data every 15 minutes over the web to the CDC where they are maintained in large data repository. The system summarizes and presents analytical results by source, day, and syndrome for each zip code, state, and metropolitan area using maps diagram and tables. Registered members can view this information via Web. It is better from the traditional process as the traditional process is manual and much slower. The slow chain of person to person communication is not well suited to a major public health emergency. BioSense is much faster and easy to approach process. So that’s why I will prefer all hospitals to switch to BioSense.
Question # 4
Put yourself in the role of hospital director at a large urban hospital. Would you support joining up with BioSense system? Why or why not? What factors would you want to take into account before joining?
As a director of a large urban hospital I will support joining with BioSense system. Because Biosense is a very large system through which we can get latest updates in medical field. The process is very fast and time consuming. We can easily get updates about diseases and their cure. The Web part of BioSense is also very beneficial. So I would prefer to join this system. To adopt Biosense I have to appoint some professionals who are very skill full to convert language to HL7 data messaging format. I should have a good and speedy Internet connection to view and update the system.
Case study # 2
“Blockbuster & Netflix which will win out?”
Question # 1
What is blockbusters business mode?
How success has it been?
(1) Business: Blockbuster equipped each of its video rental store with customer software Designed: It had designed to simplify rental and sale transaction. System: An automated point of sale...