Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies Center for Health Policy/Center for Primary Care and Outcomes Research Stanford University


Bioterrorism Preparedness and Response: Use of Information Technologies and Decision Support Systems

Evidence Report

Dena M. Bravata, Kathryn M. McDonald, Douglas K. Owens, David Buckeridge, Corinna Haberland, Chara Rydzak, Mark Schleinitz, Wendy Smith, H Szeto, Dean Wilkening

Published by
UCSF-Stanford Evidence-Based Practice Center, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, June 2002
Publication no. 02-E027 (summary); 02-E028 (report)

The Nation's capacity to respond to bioterrorism depends in part on the ability of clinicians and public health officials to detect, manage, and communicate during a bioterrorism event. Information technologies and decision support systems (IT/DSSs) have the potential to aid clinicians (e.g., physicians, nurses, nurse practitioners, and respiratory therapists) and public health officials to respond effectively to a bioterrorist attack.

The Evidence Report from which this summary was taken details the methodology, results, and conclusions of a systematic and extensive search for published materials on the use of IT/DSSs to serve the information needs of clinicians and public health officials in the event of a bioterrorist attack. The information is intended to assist clinicians, public health officials, and policymakers to improve preparedness for a bioterrorism event.