The tracking of wildlife populations by radio telemetry technology has long been a staple of wildlife surveillance. Radio telemetry has been utilized to monitor wildlife population density, to track the survival of animals in field reintroduction programs, and to monitor the geographic location of wild animals carrying pathogens causing hazardous diseases that pose a threat to human health. [Read more…]
Archives for June 2013
Since sequestration went into effect in March of 2013, it has tested the adaptability and creativity of government agencies and private sector enterprises. Within many organizations, budgets have been cut by millions or even billions of dollars. Employees have been furloughed or laid off, and federal grants for research or public programs experienced a reduction in availability.
To date, sequestration policies have affected multiple sectors such as defense, healthcare, transportation, education, parks and recreation services, and criminal justice. Sequestration is also expected to have long-term effects throughout 2014 and beyond.
Despite the reduction in funds and employees, organizations face the challenge of completing mission-critical work in order to ensure that government and business contracts remain fulfilled. [Read more…]
Cloud computing has resulted in greater agility, cost savings and efficiency for many companies and federal agencies, but also increases the vulnerability of crucial data and may threaten national security.
As the recent controversy concerning government contractor Edward Snowden has shown, data leakage not only causes financial losses to companies and federal agencies but also has implications for U.S. national security and international relations with other countries. [Read more…]
Gathering meaningful public health data from low-income rural communities poses significant challenges for healthcare authorities. Due to inadequate financial resources, disadvantaged communities lack the components of modern technology such as access to computers, landline telephones and reliable electrical power stations. In addition, other factors such as civil unrest and an inadequate transportation infrastructure hamper data collection.
In these communities, field workers collect public health data utilizing a paper-based system; the data is later taken from a paper format and converted into an electronic format for easier evaluation by medical professionals. Although functional, manual data entry collation has its disadvantages. [Read more…]
2013 continues to be a dynamic year for the convergence of social networking, mobile computing, big data analytics, and cloud computing in the area of digital healthcare.
Previously, we noted that telehealth is expected to more than double by 2016, spurred by rising costs, provider shortages, and increased demand for healthcare. Here are a few more observations from the realm of mobile health.
Trends in mobilizing healthcare communications for 2013: [Read more…]