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

研究成果: Conference contribution

4 被引用数 (Scopus)

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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.

本文言語English
ホスト出版物のタイトル2010 8th IEEE International Conference on Pervasive Computing and Communications Workshops, PERCOM Workshops 2010
ページ394-399
ページ数6
DOI
出版ステータスPublished - 2010 7 1
イベント2010 8th IEEE International Conference on Pervasive Computing and Communications Workshops, PERCOM Workshops 2010 - Mannheim, Germany
継続期間: 2010 3 292010 4 2

出版物シリーズ

名前2010 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

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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

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