The federal agency says its real-time data gathering can ward off a potential flu pandemic. Not every health-care provider is convinced.
CDC Base Case
Headquarters: 1600 Clifton Rd., Atlanta, GA 30333 Get at least another 300 hospitals to transmit patient data by
year-end, in addition to 33 online as of Jan. 1, 2006.
Obtain reports within 15 minutes, instead of two to three days.
Ensure that the number of U.S. bird flu cases remains at zero.
Phone: (404) 639-3311
Business: Federal agency charged with preventing the spread of diseases.
Associate Director, Technology: Barry Rhodes
Annual Budget for BioSense Project: $50 million
Challenge: Establish a system to detect, track and share information with hospitals if there's a flu pandemic.
Source: CDC *does not include hospitals run by veterans affairs, navy and army. They currently report the number of patients with infectious diseases every day
|Centers for Disease Control: Hurry Up and Wait|
|The federal agency has built a system to more quickly collect and share information with hospitals if there is a widespread outbreak of an infectious diseasewhether it's the avian flu or another health threat. However, some hospitals are resisting the project.|
||FEB '06 ACTUAL
||DEC '06 GOAL|
|Hospitals in CDC Network
|Method of Reporting Incidents to CDC
||Formats for reporting diagnoses vary
||HL7 health-care reporting standard for participating hospitals
||HL7 health-care reporting format|
|Timeliness of Hospital Reports to CDC
||2 to 3 days
||Every 15 minutes for participating hospitals
||Every 15 minutes|