Dimension Data Launches Health Alert Network Solution To Help Combat Bioterrorism
RESTON, Va., Aug. 28 /PRNewswire/ -- Increased risk for potential major bioterrorist activities has raised an immediate need for comprehensive systems to share information quickly and securely. Dimension Data Holdings, plc (London: DDT), a global technology services company, has developed a Health Alert Network portal solution to allow secure, immediate and collaborative content sharing and alerting functions. Dimension Data has developed its solution in compliance with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) mandate for all local and state governments to implement a nationwide, integrated information and communications system that links emergency medical responders with public health officials. The company is currently doing work with one of the major U.S. metropolitan cities to address its health response initiatives. Dimension Data's Health Alert Network portal solution enables early warning information, surrounding unusual disease outbreaks and bioterrorist events, to be distributed quickly and facilitates sharing of diagnostic and treatment information. Doctors and hospital workers can have immediate access and distribution rights to documents such as disease fact sheets, protocols, and clinical guidelines. The portal is designed to educate, support, and mobilize communities of interest on distinct health threats via a proven platform and intuitive interface that provides a high level of security. Dimension Data's portal solution was developed in conjunction with HP, Intel and Microsoft and was designed using the company's expertise in the healthcare industry. Depending on a state or local health department's budget, resources, and existing IT infrastructure, Dimension Data's Health Alert Network can be either fully customized, custom packaged, or subscription- based. In addition to the distribution of health alerts and prevention guidelines, the system brings departments of health and the CDC a coordinated communications channel to conduct initiatives such as national disease surveillance and electronic laboratory reporting. Main features of the Dimension Data's Health Alert Network include: * High-speed, secure Internet connection to provide instantaneous access to disease reports, CDC information, and response plans * Early warning systems, including multi-channel alerting capabilities with sophisticated call-down abilities, to alert authorities and media of potential emergency situations * Coordinated public health response * Secure and scalable channel for local, state, and federal health authorities to coordinate with each other and law enforcement * Distance-learning capacity to educate health care professionals * Central library of current, accessible, and searchable clinical material for researching treatments Some examples where the Health Alert Network portal solution could be of use include: 1. A health department administrator posts an alert to the system. The system recognizes the alert and sends a message to the alert broadcast system. This system sends the message to local hospitals and CDC through pagers, cell phones, and e-mail. 2. Hospital "A" uploads a document and Hospital "B" downloads the same document, healthcare professionals at both locations can log into a chat room to discuss it. 3. The department of health has an infectious disease specialist giving a seminar so hospitals can log into the conferencing system to view the seminar online. Dimension Data is uniquely equipped to provide state and local governments with the multi-faceted communication system. The company's Health Alert Network solution includes a network assessment, building and deployment of the portal application, infrastructure integration, as well as training, hosting and maintenance. Departments of Health can rely on Dimension Data as a single source throughout the lifecycle of the engagement thereby avoiding the need to manage multiple vendors. "For local and state governments, implementing an integrated communications system can be a daunting challenge," said Andrew Cohen, director of homeland security initiatives for Dimension Data North America. "The Health Alert Network provides governments with an easy-to-implement, cost effective system that meets the CDC's requirements and, at the same time, delivers far-reaching benefits for citizens." Please visit http://www.didata.com/han/han_overview.asp for more information on the Health Alert Network solution and Dimension Data. About Dimension Data Dimension Data Holdings plc (London: DDT) is a leading global technology services company. It specializes in providing IT solutions that enable businesses to operate seamlessly across Application Networks (the result of the convergence of two previous separate areas of IT: application integration and network infrastructure). The Group's ability to offer expertise in networking, application integration and global managed services makes it uniquely positioned to deliver the IT solutions required by businesses to connect devices, information, applications, business processes, people and organizations. Dimension Data, founded in 1983, had revenues of $2.5 billion in 2001 and operates in 30+ countries with over 9,500 employees. For more information call 866 DIDATA US or visit http://www.didata.com/. MAKE YOUR OPINION COUNT - Click Here http://tbutton.prnewswire.com/prn/11690X60129287
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