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May 18, 2009

Healthcare Technology and News: Vocantas Intros Pandemic Auto Tracking System

Vocantas has announced that it developed an automated pandemic tracking system that allows healthcare organizations to access entire populations, and help zero in on those who are potentially affected by the H1N1 virus.
The offering will also help in quarantining or isolating them, remote treating them and monitoring their recovery progress.
"This proactive approach could play a major role in the rollout of any pandemic response plan, by letting enterprises rapidly communicate when needed," said Gary T. Hannah, President and CEO of Vocantas. "It is so important to model and test your plan to ensure smooth operations. Organizations using the solution will gain important statistics to improve policies and procedures in pandemic management. And accurate data enables the prompt trending of illness progression in a real-life scenario."
The World Health Organization has declared that the Influenza A (H1N1) virus recently progressed to Phase 5 status, which indicates that the pandemic could be in grave danger of sweeping through the nation. This uncertain air of expectancy is stressing hospitals, schools, businesses and communities to finalize their pandemic response plans, and is forcing the nation to look at possible alternative methods to continue workflow.
The U.S. federal government’s National Strategy for Pandemic Influenza Implementation Plan, a HealthTechZone report says, highlights the significant advantages of using telecommunications and broadband connectivity related solutions to continue working remotely and avoid physical proximity, and therefore slow down the disease spread.
Vocantas is reminding people that though the number of reported cases has slowed down considerably, the possibility of an after-shock, or next wave of virus happening are high, so everyone should be in a state of preparedness.
Details of the second waves of pandemic attacks recorded in 1918, 1957 and 1968 show such diseases last between 1 to 2 years and strike in three distinctly separate ways. The 1918 Spanish Flu killed more than 50 million people across the world and affected more than 33 percent of global population at the time.
Worse still is the fact that vaccines are generally not discovered until the third wave, and then it may be too late.

Vivek Naik is a contributing editor for HealthTechZone. To read more of Vivek's articles, please visit his columnist page.

Edited by Stefania Viscusi

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