Development of a quick look pandemic influenza modeling and visualization tool

Robert T. Brigantic, David S. Ebert, Courtney D. Corley, Ross Maciejewski, George A. Muller, Aimee E. Taylor

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Abstract

Federal, State, and local decision makers and public health officials must prepare and exercise complex plans to contend with a variety of possible mass casualty events, such as pandemic influenza. Through the provision of quick look tools (QLTs) focused on mass casualty events, such planning can be done with higher accuracy and more realism through the combination of interactive simulation and visualization in these tools. If an event happens, the QLTs can then be employed to rapidly assess and execute alternative mitigation strategies, and thereby minimize casualties. This can be achieved by conducting numerous "what-if" assessments prior to any event in order to assess potential health impacts (e.g., number of sick individuals), required community resources (e.g., vaccinations and hospital beds), and optimal mitigative decision strategies (e.g., school closures) during the course of a pandemic. In this presentation, we overview and demonstrate a pandemic influenza QLT, discuss some of the modeling methods and construct and visual analytic components and interface, and outline additional development concepts. These include the incorporation of a user selectable infectious disease palette, simultaneous visualization of decision alternatives, additional resource elements associated with emergency response (e.g., first responders and medical professionals), and provisions for other potential disaster events.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationISCRAM 2010 - 7th International Conference on Information Systems for Crisis Response and Management: Defining Crisis Management 3.0, Proceedings
PublisherInformation Systems for Crisis Response and Management, ISCRAM
Publication statusPublished - 2010
Externally publishedYes
Event7th International Conference on Information Systems for Crisis Response and Management, ISCRAM 2010 - Seattle, WA, United States
Duration: May 2 2010May 5 2010

Other

Other7th International Conference on Information Systems for Crisis Response and Management, ISCRAM 2010
CountryUnited States
CitySeattle, WA
Period5/2/105/5/10

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Keywords

  • Disaster
  • Mass casualty
  • Mitigation strategy
  • Pandemic influenza
  • Public health
  • Quick look tool

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Information Systems

Cite this

Brigantic, R. T., Ebert, D. S., Corley, C. D., Maciejewski, R., Muller, G. A., & Taylor, A. E. (2010). Development of a quick look pandemic influenza modeling and visualization tool. In ISCRAM 2010 - 7th International Conference on Information Systems for Crisis Response and Management: Defining Crisis Management 3.0, Proceedings Information Systems for Crisis Response and Management, ISCRAM.