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Two California Hospitals Deploying Bioterror IT System

Health maintenance organization Kaiser Permanente is rolling out a new Internet-based bioterrorism-monitoring system at two Northern California facilities. Coincidentally, the system is going live as the government makes final plans to wage war with Iraq (news – web sites) and raises the nation’s terror-alert level again to orange. Kaiser had previously scheduled to turn it on this month, says Dr. Eric Koscove, chief of the emergency department at Kaiser Permanente Santa Clara Medical Center. The system has been under development for the last 18 months in partnership with the San Mateo County Health Department, which will also be using the system to track reports of unusual patient symptoms documented electronically by Kaiser’s emergency physicians. Kaiser’s system is based on the Rapid Syndrome Validation Project, developed by Sandia National Laboratories. Sandia provided the software free to Kaiser and San Mateo County, Koscove says. Full Story

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