June 5, 2009 By News Report
The preparation for pandemic outbreaks was tested and proved adequate during the H1N1 flu scare, according to a new report from Trust for America's Health, the Center for Biosecurity and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Pandemic Flu: Lessons From the Frontlines "found that the initial response to the H1N1 outbreak showed strong coordination and communication and an ability to adapt to changing circumstances from U.S. officials," said a release from the organizations, "but it also showed how quickly the nation's core public health capacity would be overwhelmed if an outbreak were more severe or widespread."
According to the release, 10 lessons learned were:
This Digital Communities white paper highlights discussions with IT officials in four counties that have adopted shared services models. Our aim was to learn about the obstacles these governments have faced when it comes to shared services and what it takes to overcome those roadblocks. We also spoke with several members of the IT industry who have thought long and hard about these issues. The paper offers some best practices for shared government-to-government services, but also points out challenges that government and industry still must overcome before this model gains widespread adoption.