Emergency management for information systems in public health a case study of the 2009 pandemic-flu response in Japan

Tomoki Murota, Akira Kato, Takashi Okumura

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Abstract

To appropriately respond to emergent diseases, public health authorities must make a variety of decisions, under time and resource constraints. To this end, there have been information systems in the public health sector, for its decision support. Nevertheless, during the Swine-flu outbreak in Japan, the national surveillance system did not perform well enough, in the actual emergency situations. This paper presents the case of the 2009 pandemic-flu response in Japan, and clarifies the requirements for information systems in the public health sector, with respect to emergency management. The case study suggested the following lessons. First, information systems in public health domain must possess enough flexibility to accommodate additional surveys and features to dynamically modify the existing ones, to address exceptional situations. Secondly, virtualization technologies can be a solution for flexible management of system resources in emergency situations. Lastly, we found that the actual challenge lies in the number of parties involved, including public health authorities, medical institutions, care providers, and patients, which count up to millions, or billions, suggesting the needs for pervasive computing, as a reasonable course to take in the domain.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2010 8th IEEE International Conference on Pervasive Computing and Communications Workshops, PERCOM Workshops 2010
Pages394-399
Number of pages6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2010 Jul 1
Event2010 8th IEEE International Conference on Pervasive Computing and Communications Workshops, PERCOM Workshops 2010 - Mannheim, Germany
Duration: 2010 Mar 292010 Apr 2

Publication series

Name2010 8th IEEE International Conference on Pervasive Computing and Communications Workshops, PERCOM Workshops 2010

Other

Other2010 8th IEEE International Conference on Pervasive Computing and Communications Workshops, PERCOM Workshops 2010
CountryGermany
CityMannheim
Period10/3/2910/4/2

Keywords

  • Decision making in public health
  • Epidemiological surveillance
  • Swine-flu outbreak

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computational Theory and Mathematics
  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Software
  • Theoretical Computer Science

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    Murota, T., Kato, A., & Okumura, T. (2010). Emergency management for information systems in public health a case study of the 2009 pandemic-flu response in Japan. In 2010 8th IEEE International Conference on Pervasive Computing and Communications Workshops, PERCOM Workshops 2010 (pp. 394-399). [5470637] (2010 8th IEEE International Conference on Pervasive Computing and Communications Workshops, PERCOM Workshops 2010). https://doi.org/10.1109/PERCOMW.2010.5470637