Project: Community Medical Outbreak Surveillance Fund
Project Funding Period: May 2017-April 2018
Objective: Implement a Proactive Community Medical Outbreak Surveillance Tool to pre-program proactively for Current Global Outbreaks
The Problem: The U.S. has been afflicted by 4 potential pandemic risks since 2000. In 2016, the CDC and other Global Rapid Response Teams responded to 18 countries for diseases like cholera, yellow fever, Ebola, measles, polio and Zika Virus outbreaks.
The current 2017 highest risks are: (a) the Zika virus and its risk for pregnant women and their unborn children, (b) Chikungunya virus and (c) Yellow Fever. The CDC has been on alert for Zika virus pandemic since it swept through Brazil in the middle of 2015, and the agency responded within 6 months in 2016 when the virus spread to the U.S. The CDC concern has been pregnant women and their unborn children, as the virus has been linked to birth defects like microcephaly. The CDC established registries to track outcomes of pregnancies of women with Zika Virus but the issue is the U.S. is reactive to outbreaks and communities need to have proactive system templates to predicatively model current healthcare patterns related to pandemic parameters.
Community Medical Outbreak Proactive Surveillance: U.S. communities can implement advanced molecular detection technology over the next twelve months which can be implemented for Fall 2018. The Community Medical Outbreak Proactive Surveillance would provide samples from global outbreaks outside the U.S. The Proactive Surveillance would pre-load these global detected pathogen DNA sequences of any bacteria, viruses, parasites and fungi and then used supercomputers to discover molecular patterns to better understand diseases and provide that information to the local community’s laboratories. These proactive processes could assist identifying the occurrence of outbreaks like Legionnaires’ disease outbreak without the time lag of trying to detect the local occurrence site should it be detected in the local community.
Contributors Background for Tax Credit Purposes: Individuals and Groups are asked to contribute via the Health Information and Technology Institute (HIT-Institute) with EIN 20-3087510 which was founded in 2006 and continues to be a 501(c)(3) Non-Profit Institute with contributions denoted to be for the “Smart Children’s Fund”.