Presentations at SNS Summit

The experts from the Montgomery County, Maryland, Advanced Practice Center will be presenting their tools in two interactive sessions at the SNS Summit, which is July 26-28, 2011, in Atlanta.

The first (on Tuesday, July 26, 2011, at 3:15 P.M.) will feature eMedCheck in a session on Electronic Screening Tools for PODS along with Johnson County, Kansas Health Department and the San Francisco Department of Public Health. These tools are for screening and registration.

The second (on Wednesday, July 27, 2011, at 10:30 A.M.) is titled “America’s Top Model and Training Day All in One: Improving mass prophylaxis operations with just-in-time training and computer models.” The Multnomah County, Oregon, APC will be also participate. The session will discuss the Clinic Planning Model Generator and
the principles of the I-JITT Model and the application of I-JITT to mass prophylaxis operations via use of a
toolkit.

Modeling and Simulation for Emergency Management and Health Care Systems

This week NIST is hosting a workshop on modeling and simulation for homeland security (sponsored by DHS), and they were handing out copies of a report from a previous workshop: Modeling and Simulation for Emergency Management and Health Care Systems: Workshop Summary.

The summary has a variety of short articles discussing the need for modeling and simulation and articles describing some of the work that has been done.

Industrial Engineering Research Conference and video

The Industrial Engineering Research Conference starts Saturday. You can find the online program here. There is a full track of sessions on homeland security.

The Council of Industrial Engineering Academic Department Heads commissioned a new video about industrial engineering. The video was created by the University at Buffalo’s Center for the Arts Video Production Group.

2011 IERC Homeland Security Track Best Paper

The paper “A Review of Risk Assessment Models for Inland Waterway Transportation,”
by Jingjing Tong and Heather Nachtmann, both from the University of Arkansas, is the Best Paper in the Homeland Security Track at the 2011 Industrial Engineering Research Conference.

The paper reviews existing risk assessment models for transportation systems and infrastructures and compares the methodologies used by considering fundamental principles of risk assessment and management. The paper also identifies the models that are most relevant for inland waterway risk assessment.

IIE Annual Conference

The IIE Annual Conference will be May 21-25 in Reno, Nevada.

The Industrial Engineering Research Conference, which is part of the Annual Conference, will have a track on Homeland Security. This track will include sessions on the following subjects:

  • Adapting Traditional OR Models for Complex Problems in Homeland Security
  • Risk Analysis for Maritime Transportation in Ports and Waterways
  • Catastrophes and Transportation
  • Modeling Homeland Security Problems
  • Operations Research for Homeland Security
  • Protecting Inland Waterways and Ports

The Homeland Security Track chairs are Justin Yates at Texas A&M and Jeffrey W. Herrmann at the University of Maryland.

Defining Public Health Emergency IT

Dr. Nathaniel Hupert visited the University of Maryland this week and a gave a seminar entitled “Getting HIT to PHIT: technology for the new science of public health response logistics?” He discussed the information technology that is needed to capture mission-critical data on health system capacity and capabilities that would be useful for effective public health emergency response.

For more about Dr. Hupert and his talk, see my post at our Center of Excellence in Health Information Technology Research blog.