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Creating Situational Awareness: A Systems Approach

This white paper discusses the importance of situational awareness during catastrophic events, and provides ways to acquire key information during such events.

It identifies present systems such as disease detection and surveillance, alerting, bed tracking, patient tracking, and electronic health records, which are used to acquire information for situational awareness.

The white paper gives the example of the H1N1 virus and the situational awareness present during its outbreak, and the ways in which key information could have been acquired.

It recommends short-term and long-term goals for acquiring key information that is important for managing the response to an epidemic.

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