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Whether you work for a hospital, are part of a healthcare coalition, or are a healthcare provider, emergency manager, or public health practitioner, you are probably looking for a smarter way to keep the people who rely on you healthy, safe, and informed when disaster strikes.
In this issue of ASPR Tracie eXchange
- Responding to the Amtrak Train Derailment: An Interview With Dr. Ernest Yeh
- Crisis Standards of Care: The Illinois Initiative
- “You Can’t Always Get What You Want”
FREE Webinar on Zika Virus Response and Information Resources
Thursday, March 10, 2016 at 2:00 PM ET
Dr. Sonja Rasmussen will discuss how information resources are pulled together and disseminated for the CDC Zika Virus response. In addition, representatives from the National Library of Medicine (NLM) will provide an overview of NLM Disaster Health’s Zika Virus Health Information Resource Guide.
Free: Zika Virus Information Resources
Recognizing the importance of sharing data in a public health emergency, many major journal publishers have opened their Zika Virus content collections for free – and the list is growing. Free access has been offered to articles, guidelines, reports, news items and commentaries.
The Official Zika Website
Zika virus – Questions and answers
What is Zika virus? What are the symptoms? Should I avoid travelling? How can I protect myself and my family from Zika virus? Watch Zika Q&A and find the answers!
Still have more questions? Read Here
Lead in the Flint, Michigan Water System
January 21,2016: Several Michigan, local, and federal agencies are responding to the presence of lead in the drinking water in Flint, Michigan. The National Library of Medicine Specialized Information Services Division (NLM SIS) provides information on the medical and public health aspects of chemical incidents for health professionals, policy makers, and volunteers who may be responding to an incident and for people living in or concerned about the affected region.
Here is the Complete List of Responders
REMM – Radiation Emergency Medical Management
The Radiation Emergency Medical Management Team is proud to announce the first major redesign of our site since REMM was launched in 2007.
View the Press Release
June 15, 2015 ASPR TRACIE is a gateway to smarter healthcare emergency preparedness information! Whether you work for a hospital, are part of a healthcare coalition, or are a healthcare provider, emergency manager or a public health practitioner, you can use ASPR TRACIE to learn more about disaster, medical, healthcare, and public health preparedness. Read More…
CDC’s Strategic National Stockpile (SNS) has large quantities of medicine and medical supplies to protect the American public if there is a public health emergency (terrorist attack, flu outbreak, earthquake) severe enough to cause local supplies to run out. Once Federal and local authorities agree that the SNS is needed, medicines will be delivered to any state in the U.S. in time for them to be effective. Each state has plans to receive and distribute SNS medicine and medical supplies to local communities as quickly as possible.
FDA Approves Vaccine for Inhalation Anthrax
March 25, 2015: The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Anthrasil to treat patients with inhalation anthrax. Anthrasil is used alongside other appropriate drugs such as antibiotics. Anthrasil will be stored in the U.S. Strategic National Stockpile for use during a health emergency.
|2015 Brings Cyber Crime to the Medical Industry.
While 2014 was the year of cyber hits on banks and retail businesses designed to steal personal information, in 2015 the shift looks to be towards the medical industry. Social Security numbers and personal information have become so common on the black market that they are no longer as profitable to cyber criminals as they once were. Medical records, on the other hand, portend to be worth millions. The FBI and other law enforcement agencies began alerting the healthcare industry to increased threat of cyber-attack after an attack on the U.S. hospital group Community Health Systems, Inc., that resulted in the theft of millions of patient records.
Reuters quoted the FBI as saying: “(We) have observed malicious actors targeting healthcare related systems, perhaps for the purpose of obtaining Protected Healthcare Information (PHI) and/or Personally Identifiable Information (PII). These actors have also been seen targeting multiple companies in the healthcare and medical device industry, typically targeting valuable intellectual property such as medical device and equipment development data.”
Click here for Healthcare Frequently Asked Questions
Humanitarian Response is offering a “Humanitarian Kiosk” App, a gateway into specific information on various emergencies and disasters around the world.
Want to find out what medical concerns are in your area?
April 15, 2015: While the number of Ebola cases and death has significantly dropped down, it is important to control the new cases. This Ebola dashboard monitors the new cases.
CDC Questions and Answers on Ebola
Updated April 7, 2015
CDC Communication Resources on Ebola
Updated April 7, 2015
Over 22,000 cases were predicted by December 2014
then Over 34,000 cases predicted by January 2015
VIEW HERE – Live Hourly updates on Ebola locations
You can also follow the live outbreak Here
While health officials have repeatedly said there is virtually no risk of an Ebola outbreak in the U.S., 4 in 10 people are concerned there will be a large outbreak, and a quarter of people are worried they or a loved one will be infected within the next year according to a new survey by Harvard University.
As of August 2014, at least 1,350 people have died in Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea and Nigeria in the worst Ebola outbreak in history. However, health officials note the virus only transfers through bodily fluids and is nowhere near as contagious as the common flu. They have also said the U.S. healthcare system is far better equipped to treat and contain the virus than those of poorer countries in West Africa.
The number of deaths has almost doubled to over 2400 within the last two weeks.
The number of people who have died from Ebola has surpassed the 4,000 mark, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has said.
As the virulent disease spreads from its origins – this week saw the first case of a victim contracting it in Europe – the UN health agency says that at least 4,033 people have died from confirmed, probable or suspected cases of Ebola.
Most of these deaths have occurred in the worst-hit west African countries of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, though eight others have occurred in Nigeria and one in the United States.Read More
Are you interested in sharing your information during an emergency?
FEMAC is looking for people from various medical facilities and agencies to appear live on the screen during a emergency. We allow you to do this by setting up an account and disseminating information or links during a the event. This includes local to regional to national levels. Places like medical centers, first responders, hospitals and many others that need to get information out to the public during an emergency.