Black Sea Epidemiological Network
The Network of Epidemiological Surveillance and Response to Emergency Situations in the Field of Public Health Within the BSEC Region
Tech Area / Field
- INF-COM/High Performance Computing and Networking/Information and Communications
- MED-DIS/Disease Surveillance/Medicine
3 Approved without Funding
Institute for Computer and Informatization Problems, Russia, Moscow
- Limited liability company “Energy of Communications”, Russia, Moscow\nLimited liability company “Epidinfocom”, Russia, Moscow
- National Public Health and Medical Officer Service, Hungary, Budapest
Project summaryThe purpose of the project is to create a specialized information portal that will provide constant information exchange between national sanitary-epidemiological services in order to monitor and manage the epidemiological situation, to prevent emergencies in the field of public health services and infectious disease threats in the BSEC region.
Current situation in the field of research. At present, the international information exchange in the field of sanitary-epidemiological well-being is regulated by the International Health Regulations IHR (2005). Nothing in these Regulations shall State Parties having certain interests in common owing to their health, geographical, social or economic conditions, from concluding special treaties or arrangements for the direct and rapid exchange of public health information (Part X Final Provisions, Article 57 Relationship with other international agreements, point 2).
During the meeting of the BSEC Working Group on Health Care and Pharmaceutics, February 03-04, 2009 in Istanbul the Project of the proposal of the Greek Republic on creation of the network of epidemiological surveillance and public health threat prevention in the BSEC Region (hereinafter referred to as the Black Sea Network) was discussed.
The epidemiological surveillance becomes efficient in case of constant information exchange between the BSEC member states in order to monitor and manage the epidemiological situation.
Modern infocommunication technologies and information security tools make it possible to provide:
- continuous monitoring and information exchange;
- availability of the information to project participants;
- information integrity;
- information security.
The specified conditions of information exchange are implemented with the help of creation of a specialized information portal “The network of epidemiological surveillance and public health threat prevention in the BSEC Region”.
Besides Greece, Russia and Armenia have agreed to take part in the project at the initial stage of its realization. Greece and Armenia have supported the usage of Russian information security technologies and Russian software in the black Sea network.
Influence of the proposed project on the progress in the field. Creation of the information portal is practical implementation of the G8 Summit decisions (St. Petersburg, July 15-17, 2006), that pointed out the necessity to support existing global networks working under World Health Organization (WHO) auspices, such as the Global Outbreak Alert and Response Network (GOARN). The implementation of the project will strengthen global security, enhance control over global infections, and reduce risks of uncontrollable spread of infections and public health emergencies.
Competence of project participants in the field. All-Russian Research Institute for Computer and Informatization Problems (VNIIPVTI) is part of the research organizations system of the Ministry of communications of Russian Federation. It is also the head institution in the country which resolves the problems of lawmaking in the sphere of informatization, scientific methodological support, development in the field of regional informatization, information security, and certification of informatization tools and systems.
Limited liability company “Epidinfocom” was created in order to intensify the introduction of electronic methods to the public health services and sanitary-epidemiological service of Russia. One of the main activities of the company is financing and implementation of programs and projects in the field of public health services and epidemic safety in Russia and abroad with the use of information and communication technologies.
Limited liability company “Energy of Communications” has a vast experience in providing telecommunication services, access to the internet, and telephony services to legal entities, including scientific and research institutions of Russian Academy of Sciences.
Expected results and their application. The implementation of the project will make it possible to create a multilevel information system, which will lead to the following positive results:
- to enhance the disease and public health emergency monitoring system in the BSEC Region;
- to evaluate the epidemiological situation in the BSEC Region in the real-time mode;
- to transfer the received information to the sanitary-epidemiological services of the project participant states in order to develop a joint action plan;
- to considerably reduce the costs of anti-epidemiological measures and liquidation of consequences of public health emergencies;
- to considerably raise public awareness of the epidemiological situation and emergency threats in the BSEC Region.
Meeting ISTC goals.
Specialists involved in the project possess knowledge in the following areas, which will allow to realize the project successfully:
- lawmaking in the sphere of informatization,
- scientific methodological support in the field of regional informatization,
- ensuring information security,
- financing and implementation of programs and projects in the field of public health services and epidemic safety with the use of information and communication technologies.
The project meets the ISTC goals completely as its realization will strengthen global security, enhance control over global infections, and reduce risks of uncontrollable spread of infections and public health emergencies. The project is carried out according to the targeted initiative of the ISTC Governing Board “Science and Technology in the Prevention of Biological Threats” (CBT-TI), the document number GB-49-103p.
Scope of activities. During creation of the system the following main activities will be performed:
- Development of business purposes and business model
- Development of model of precedents, violator and threat model, database structure
- Development of system services, exchange protocols and formats
- Development of analytical forms and reports
- Development of user interface
- Development of test scenarios
- Load testing
- Development of marketing materials and information programs
Role of foreign collaborators. The specialists of the Health Sector Coordination and Command Centre of Ministry of Health and Social Solidarity of Hellenic Republic and National Public Health and Medical Officer Service of Hungarian Republic have expressed a wish to act as collaborators of the project. According to their letters, the proposed forms of cooperation are direct visits, meeting at conferences and joint discussions.
Technical Approach and Methodology. The main methodological approach is iterative and incremental, based on RUP methodology (see the picture below). During the development process, business and system modeling will be performed; requirements management tools, version control, and computer-aided test systems will be used. A project library will be created, and web access to project metrics will be organized in order to monitor the project realization process. At the initial stage an evolutionary prototype of the system will be created to test and adjust the system architecture and to carry out initial load testing.
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