eMedCheck 2010

eMedCheck 2010 is now available for BlackBerry devices.

eMedCheck 2010 is an electronic medication screening form that can be run on a BlackBerry device. There are two different screening forms: An anthrax antibiotic screening form, and a Hepatitis A vaccination screening form.

Please visit the BlackBerry download page for instructions. (A version for iPods, iPads, and iPhones will be released via the App Store – please stay tuned.)

Many thanks to the folks at the Montgomery County, Maryland, Advanced Practice Center for Public Health Emergency Preparedness and Response for their support and guidance.

Operations Research Analyst position at CDC

The Immunization program at the Centers for Disease Control is recruiting for an operations research analyst. See http://jobsearch.usajobs.gov/search.aspx?FedEmp=Y&FedPub=Y&vw=d&re=0&caller=basic.aspx&jbf574=HE39&pg=1&q=HHS-CDC-T3-2010-0679 for information and application instructions.

The position is open to any U.S. citizen. The requirements include a degree in operations research or at least 24 semester hours in a combination of operations research, mathematics, probability, statistics, mathematical logic, science, or subject-matter courses requiring substantial competence in college-level mathematics or statistics. At least 3 of the 24 semester hours must have been in calculus.

Abstract submission deadline extended

The Modeling for Public Health Action: From epidemiology to operations, 2010, conference, sponsored by CDC, will be in Atlanta on December 9 and 10, 2010.

The organizers have extended the deadline for submitting abstracts to September 30, 2010.

The conference tracks include model building, resource allocation and distribution, disease prevention and management, environmental decisions and exposure modeling, and behavioral and economic modeling.

Visit the conference web site to submit an abstract.

RealOpt-Regional webinar on September 29, 2010

The CDC’s Division of Strategic National Stockpile is sponsoring a webinar about the RealOpt-Regional¬© emergency response system developed by researchers at Georgia Tech. According to the website, the system “is an interactive, online software tool to aid in apportioning and dispensing medical countermeasures.”

The webinar is Wednesday, September 29, 2010, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.

To register, visit the webinar registration page.

Introduction to Markov Decision Processes

An article in Medical Decision Making provides a good introduction to Markov Decision Processes and their application to medical decision making. They demonstrate the use of this modeling technique, which is suited for sequential decision making in situations with uncertainty, on the problem of when a patient should choose a liver transplant.

The complete citation is Oguzhan Alagoz, Heather Hsu, Andrew J. Schaefer, and Mark S. Roberts, “Markov Decision Processes: A Tool for Sequential Decision Making under Uncertainty,” Medical Decision Making, July/August 2010, 30: 474-483, first published on December 31, 2009. doi:10.1177/0272989X09353194