Crisis Standards of Care Spotlighted by ASPR

When crisis hits, healthcare professionals are charged with allocating scarce resources to achieve the greatest benefit to the population. This can require a shift from conventional standards of care to what are known as crisis standards of care. For example, nurse-to-patient ratios may be extended or certain segments of the population may have to receive priority access to a vaccine, or other medical resource. The ability to move quickly when…

NPLI Cohort X Project Makes News

Can social media be an effective tool for detecting outbreaks of food-borne illness? That is the question that one project team set out to answer during 2012/2013’s Cohort X. The answer seems to be yes. Among the team’s activities was developing and testing an app for automated Twitter monitoring for outbreaks of food poisoning and other restaurant-related illnesses in greater Chicago. A suspect Tweet triggers a response asking the person…