HARRISBURG, Pa., Oct. 20 /PRNewswire/ -- Pennsylvania's award-winning
animal health database system has become a national model for use by other
states, the Department of Agriculture said today.
Launched this week at the U.S. Animal Health Association annual meeting
in Minneapolis, the U.S. Animal Health Emergency Response and Diagnostic
System (USAHERDS) is the national version of PAHERDS, Pennsylvania's
innovative program to protect millions of livestock and poultry flocks from
the outbreak of disease.
Indiana and Kentucky were the first to adopt the technology and entered
into a new partnership with Pennsylvania to work together to better protect
the health of animals and consumers.
"Once again, Pennsylvania's cutting-edge technology is helping the
nation," Agriculture Secretary Dennis Wolff said. "Through USAHERDS, other
states can monitor and contain animal diseases quickly and effectively,
protecting our food supply and local economies across the nation."
Pennsylvania, Indiana and Kentucky formed a multi-state partnership
called the Animal Health Information Management Consortium (AHIMC) to set a
new standard for monitoring animal health incidents, investigations,
licenses and regulatory events in the U.S. Participants include the
Pennsylvania Bureau of Animal Health and Diagnostic Services, the Indiana
State Board of Animal Health, the Kentucky Division of Animal Health, and
the University of Kentucky Livestock Disease Diagnostic Center. Dr. Paul
Knepley, Pennsylvania's state veterinarian, will chair the AHIMC committee.
USAHERDS is a computerized data program available to state departments
of agriculture, which helps to prevent, detect, contain and eradicate
outbreaks of dangerous diseases among animals. Key features of the system
includes premises identification, animal testing and inventory, program
disease management, import and export management, licensing, and emergency
response management. Consortium members are using the systems for emergency
planning, daily operations and mapping.
USAHERDS will also generate cost-savings for participating states by
streamlining business processes. Pennsylvania's system reduced annual costs
to taxpayers by more than $75,000.
Earlier this year, PAHERDS received the American Council for
Technology's 2006 Intergovernmental Solutions Award.
For more information on USAHERDS, contact Sean Crager at 717-705-8897
CONTACT: Stephanie Meyers
SOURCE PA DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE