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Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/4483

Title: FTO2/438: Implementation of a Telematics System for the Management of Epidemic Emergencies
Authors: Bellini, S
Colangeli, P
Isocrono, E
Giovannini, A
Di Francesco, C
Caporale, V
Keywords: Abstract
Telematic System
Disease Outbreak Management
Epidemic Emergencies;
Issue Date: 19-Sep-1999
Publisher: Gunther Eysenbach; Centre for Global eHealth Innovation, Toronto, Canada
Citation: S Bellini, P Colangeli, E Isocrono, A Giovannini, C Di Francesco, V Caporale. FTO2/438: Implementation of a Telematics System for the Management of Epidemic Emergencies. J Med Internet Res 1999;1(suppl1):e27 <URL: http://www.jmir.org/1999/suppl1/e27/>
Abstract: [This item is a preserved copy and is not necessarily the most recent version. To view the current item, visit http://www.jmir.org/1999/suppl1/e27/ ] Introduction: A system to support decisions and operations in cases of epidemic emergency has been designed and implemented, in order to improve the decision-making capabilities of Veterinary Services for outbreaks of exotic diseases. Methods: The system implementation consisted of: 1) drafting contingency plans for OIE List A diseases; 2) implementing an automated information network, linking Local Veterinary Unit and the Regional Epidemiological Centre; 3) implementing a Geographical Information System (GIS), to be automatically connected to the animal identification database and to the ANIMO (Animal Movement) system; 4) supplying the personnel of Veterinary Services with the necessary tools, instruments and materials; 5) personnel training. Integration of activities led to the implementation of a telematic support system for the management of epidemic emergencies, providing the Veterinary Services with the information necessary to the management of exotic disease outbreaks. The system has been implemented from a structural point of view as follows: Data warehouse design and implementation, fed by ORACLE DATA MART SUITE operational databases, Implementation within the Istituto Zooprofilattico Sperimentale dell'Abruzzo e del Molise Web site, of a controlled access telematic system, where: static pages were implemented in HTML and the dynamic ones in PERL; GIS was used to design and update maps; Downloading of documents and forms was made possible as well as the generation of tables and graphs in real time. Results: In the event of an outbreak it is possible to: map relevant data and information (i.e. Protection and Surveillance Zones); to produce disease trend data both in tabular and graphical form and the indicators for the disease management and control. Contingency plans of OIE list A disease are provided through the Internet for consultation and downloading. All the forms for administrative and epidemiological data collection are provided for and can sent by e-mail to the proper veterinary authority and other stakeholders. Discussion: The system has been tested both by a simulated foot and mouth disease outbreak and a real Swine Vesicular Disease outbreak. The existence of written and standardised procedures, the availability of updated and pertinent information for outbreaks management and the support of a telematic system has allowed the rationalisation the actions to be implemented and to speed up intervention time.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/4483
ISSN: 1438-8871
Other Identifiers: doi:10.2196/jmir.1.suppl1.e27
Rights: Copyright (cc) Retained by author(s) under a Creative Commons License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/
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