By Brian P. Watson  |  Posted 2006-04-06 Email Print this article Print

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When mad cow disease threatened, the U.S. Department of Agriculture started giving workers tablet PCs to record inspection results, replacing paper and pen.

USDA Base Case Headquarters: Veterinary Services, Centers for Epidemiology and Animal Health, 2150 Centre Ave., Fort Collins, CO 80526
Phone: (970) 494-7200
Function: This division of the U.S. Department of Agriculture develops ways to combat health threats to the animal stock in the U.S.
Project Leader: Rich Baca, team leader for Veterinary Services' application information management
Challenge: Build a mobile data-collection system linking inspectors in 50 states to tracking and treatment databases.


  • Develop a disease-tracking system and database in 12 weeks.
  • Test more than 260,000 head of cattle over 12 to 18 months, more than 10 times the amount tested in the 2003 fiscal year.
  • Report results to facilities where samples were taken within 24 to 36 hours of testing, effective June 2004.

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    Brian joined Baseline in March 2006. In addition to previous stints at Inter@ctive Week and The Net Economy, he's written for The News-Press in Fort Myers, Fla., as well as The Sunday Tribune in Dublin, Ireland. Brian has a B.A. from Bucknell University and a master's degree from Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism.



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