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A new computer modeling program can help hospitals prepare for the worst
Date:6/11/2009

such scenarios as a chemical release, food poisoning, and smallpox.

According to the article, implementing disaster plans within 30 minutes compared to two hours of an incident diminished mortality and waiting times and reduced the number of patients who were severely affected. GIS portability to other urban locations was demonstrated.

"An agent-based modeling approach," the authors write, "provides a mechanism to assess complex individual and system wide effects in rare events."

Currently, the model is being adapted to model pandemic influenza and the authors aim to continue expanding this model in their efforts to further preparedness efforts.


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Contact: Robert Polner
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212-998-2337
New York University
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