i’ve been so busy that i haven’t gotten a chance to talk about the recent developments around the issue of the potential H5N1 pandemic that we’re finally hearing about in major media outlets. Between this and the Katrina disaster, it should become increasingly clear that the US, despite being the mecca for cutting edge healthcare treatment has virtually no public health infrastructure which is both inexcusable and dangerous.
While i don’t believe that technology can save us i do have high hopes for the Notifiable Infectious Disease Information Messaging System. A system such as this one would allow rapid international transfer of infectious disease information, which I believe would be both useful and important to medical professionals worldwide in such a situation.
relevant link harvest:
SCIENCE & HEALTH
CIDRAP – Center for Infectious Disease Research & Policy
MedPage Today: International Team Issues Avian Flu Recommendations