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Preparing for avian flu with information technology

Avian flu is the newest threat to our safety. We know its strengths, its weaknesses, where it travels and what it looks like. Yet, with all we know about it, we can't prevent it. We can only prepare for its arrival, and with IT, we can aim to temper its effects.

The Pandemic Influenza Plan prepared by the Department of Health and Human Services describes po......

Full article >>> delivery of food and medical supplies. But when the influenza pandemic erupts, hospital leaders can't assume these systems will remain intact.

The potential consequences of this threat demand the development of new policies and procedures for hospital management including both staffing and logistics. Revising disaster plans to incorporate and deploy key IT systems is paramount. In the fo......

Full article >>> ely impacted by the pandemic, few scenarios expect all economic activity to grind to a halt. It is important that hospitals work proactively with their group purchasing organizations to ensure that their disaster plans accurately reflect the capability of their suppliers. If suppliers do not have preparedness plans that realistically address the impact of a pandemic, then hospitals must demand a r......

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'"/> By Barry Chaiken 04/17/06

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