Back to the Dugout

July 16, 2007 at 7:08 am | Posted in News, People | Leave a comment

Eric and I (Wendy) have returned from the NACCHO conference in Columbus. Once again, our little baseballs were a hit; we came home without a single one!

We spent most of our time speaking to public health directors and learning about their IT challenges. It seems that many of their obstacles are the ones faced by our other friends in health care; but that they are magnified by funding and infrastructure issues.  It seemed to me that every health official I met had a completely different funding and administrative structure from everyone else. The one thing they all seemed to have in common was an intense drive to work on disaster preparedness.

This is good, since Dynamic can help with that. We’ve got Intermec solutions for inventory tracking, which is a big part of disaster preparation. (For example, if you receive 500 gallons of drinking water, this technology allows you to make sure it gets to the recipients.) We also work on the network-related end of disaster preparedness, which involves making continuity and backup plans in case the network is directly impacted by a natural disaster or act of terrorism. I left the conference with a strong feeling that we have a lot to offer the public health community.

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