Fighting Fear of a Bioterrorism Event with Information Technology: Real-World Examples and Opportunities
David A. Bray
University of Oxford; National Defense University - Information Resources Management College; Emory University - Department of Decision & Information Analysis
Emory University - Goizueta Business School
IEEE Intelligence and Security Informatics, Lecture Notes in Computer Science, May, 2006
The proximate objective behind a bioterrorism event is to cause fear, with morbidity or mortality as secondary effects. Information technology must empower professionals to respond rapidly and effectively. This paper links detection and identification of a bioterrorism event with opportunities for information technology to aid such efforts, drawing specifically from real-world uses of technology with the Bioterrorism Preparedness and Response Program at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) from 2000 to the present. Information technology challenges and innovations will be highlighted, as well as lessons learned from the program's response to the anthrax attacks in 2001 and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome in 2003.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 6
Keywords: bioterrorism preparedness, emergency response, information technology, innovations
JEL Classification: D70, D81, D83
Date posted: February 10, 2007 ; Last revised: May 10, 2011
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