Title: An integrated disaster response information surveillance system

Authors: Koushby Majagah; Syed Haque

Addresses: Turnkey Consultant Services, 21 Smull Ave., Caldwell, NJ 07006, USA ' Department of Health Informatics, School of Health Related Professions, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, 65 Bergen Street, Newark, NJ-07101, USA

Abstract: This paper describes the design and development of an integrated disaster response information surveillance (IDRIS) wireless system for use by the emergency medical service (EMS). IDRIS is built on two complimentary models: the architectural model and the computational model. Using front end tablet PCs equipped with wireless technology IDRIS is a real-time data recording, information display, storage, communication and tracking system to be used by the EMS department personnel at disaster sites. With its built-in two complementary models coupled with features to adapt to user behaviour (to suit different conditions), we believe that IDRIS has the potential to be a key component for disaster management strategies, a system for surveillance of diseases and detecting unusual syndromes.

Keywords: syndromic surveillance; emergency response; neural networks; fuzzy logic; emergency medical services; digital EMS; emergency services; HIPAA; fuzzy sets; medical condition; emergency management; disaster response; information surveillance; wireless devices; tablets; data recording; information display; information storage; communications; tracking; modelling; user behaviour; disaster management; disease surveillance; diseases.

DOI: 10.1504/IJMEI.2013.057182

International Journal of Medical Engineering and Informatics, 2013 Vol.5 No.4, pp.299 - 310

Published online: 16 Oct 2013 *

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