Communication And Provision Of Information

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5.4.5. Communication and Provision of information As data are collected, they will be analyzed, summarized and provided to the Office of Risk Communication and Education (ORCE) or VDH leadership as requested. Information will be presented through immediate notification of significant findings and then likely transition to daily (or multiple times per day) reports. VDH leadership may establish a centralized depot for file and report sharing through the HAN and grant access to those folders based on roles and responsibilities. Additional intra-agency communication may occur through meetings and conference calls with LHD Directors and epidemiology staff. Of note, during the 2009 influenza pandemic, lessons were learned about information technology and informatics. Perhaps most notable was the fragmentation of data sources and resources across VDH. Development of an informatics plan early in the response to a radiological or nuclear incident is strongly recommended. In addition, calls to the local, regional and central offices may exceed the capacity for timely response; therefore, a public health information center might be established in the central office to centralize communication and respond to the increases in demand for communication with the public and healthcare providers. OEPI epidemiologists (or those from other Offices) may be asked to serve as subject matter experts for the information center, train information center staff, or develop materials to be used
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