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Disaster Med Public Health Prep. 2013 Apr;7(2):146-52. doi: 10.1017/dmp.2013.24.

A resource management tool for public health continuity of operations during disasters.

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1
Department of Health Services, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington, USA.
2
Department of Biobehavioral Nursing and Health Systems, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington, USA.
3
Institute for Risk Analysis and Risk Communication, Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington, USA.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

We developed and validated a user-centered information system to support the local planning of public health continuity of operations for the Community Health Services Division, Public Health - Seattle & King County, Washington.

METHODS:

The Continuity of Operations Data Analysis (CODA) system was designed as a prototype developed using requirements identified through participatory design. CODA uses open-source software that links personnel contact and licensing information with needed skills and clinic locations for 821 employees at 14 public health clinics in Seattle and King County. Using a web-based interface, CODA can visualize locations of personnel in relationship to clinics to assist clinic managers in allocating public health personnel and resources under dynamic conditions.

RESULTS:

Based on user input, the CODA prototype was designed as a low-cost, user-friendly system to inventory and manage public health resources. In emergency conditions, the system can run on a stand-alone battery-powered laptop computer. A formative evaluation by managers of multiple public health centers confirmed the prototype design's usefulness. Emergency management administrators also provided positive feedback about the system during a separate demonstration.

CONCLUSIONS:

Validation of the CODA information design prototype by public health managers and emergency management administrators demonstrates the potential usefulness of building a resource management system using open-source technologies and participatory design principles.

PMID:
24618165
PMCID:
PMC4062076
DOI:
10.1017/dmp.2013.24
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