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HEAS Messaging Environment Evolving

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The Haiti Epidemic Advisory System (HEAS) operational biosurveillance alert system grew overburdened with 1000s of messages in the second week of the Haiti cholera epidemic and a need for a more robust system became apparent.  An assessment of the HEAS user population determined that the central elements of the HEAS should remain in place until after the paek of the Haiti cholera epidemic.  In the interim, we are developing a new, more robust HEAS environment for Praecipio International to increase the capabilities and useability of the epidemic advisory system approach.

There is an immediate need for better communication amongst elements of the HEAS user population to improve usability and quality of communication in several different ways. To date, proposed/emerging improvements include:
- 1) Twitter and SMS for Data Collection and Responders on the Ground
- 2) Create Forums and Groups in the Haiti MPHISE to increase the depth and breadth of communication by specific communities of practice 
- 3) Develop Mission Critical Gaps in the Haiti MPHISE with prioritized actionable tasks in a Task Server to enable the convergence of agile rapid response teams to the highest priority tasks to save the most amount of lives. 
- 4) Engage populations in the Haiti MPHISE and the HEAS that can improve ground truth and enhance operational outcomes. 

YOUR SUGGESTIONS ARE NEEDED. Please comment to this post on how the Haiti (or other location) Epidemic Advisory Systems might be improved.

Liliana Santirso
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Wiring the mind

Mike:

         Wiring the space is so far from wiring the mind...we share that my dear friend. I insist that apart from your amazing effort with IT  we need 'skin',voice...and probably sweat... to really ENGAGE the population. This is apparently slow...but it lasts...An Epidemic Advisory System ,today in a ...'''developing''' region requires real people as much as possible to talk...stay...listen...convince...participate...Margaret Mead,ages ago explained that so much better!!!

I know that the new generation of Health people, I lectured them from 1975 also need encourament for this approach ,unless they come from other sort of social organisation like some Latin american vcountries.

We can do that,Mike. It is a matter of passion and certain time,principals and ideals...and we are a few

 

                                                                             XXXXLiliana

Liliana

et al.Foundation

Liliana Santirso
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Village by village

Dear Mike:

 

                   I'm sure that you'll receive thousands of tech clever answers. this friend of yours can say that one century ago , we wouldnt hesitate in going village by village, people by people, fear by fear  and try to do our best after that.

 

                     As a strong supporter of the 'bare feet' work...and prepared to do it myself...I DO propose to try this "old' possibility in between others.

 

                               Love for all in the field

 

                                                                 Liliana

Liliana

et al.Foundation

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Task Server: Converging Self-triggering Smart Swarms

The best way to engage populations in the Haiti MPHISE and the HEAS in a manner that can rapidly improve ground truth and enhance operational outcomes during epidemic conditions is to improve the convergence of self-triggering intelligent social networks (smart swarms) to create a collective intelligence and unity of effort.  Given the geospatial spread of the cholera epidemic, the best way to do this in by using a task server. 

 

Please let us know if you would like to help populate the Haiti MPHISE task server and help enable the necessary collective intelligence and agile rapid response to save lives during the cholera epidemic in Haiti. 

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Mission Critical Gaps Forums and Working Groups

The Mission Critical Gaps Forums and Working Groups in the Haiti MPHISE are well under way.  A task server is now being populated with operational tasks to improve the Haiti mission to save lives from cholera infection and premature death. 

 

A database of agile rapid response teams must be developed.   We need volunteers to help research and populate this database.  Can you help?  If so, send  note to Katie Rast <KatieRast@gmail.com>

 

We need volunteers to help with populating the Task Server.  Can you help?  If so, send  note to Katie Rast <KatieRast@gmail.com>

 

Any other suggestions?

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Haiti MPHISE Forums and Working Groups

The Haiti MPHISE Forums and Working Groups are now well underway.  Please provide suggestions as to how they can be improved. 

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Twitter

We are now in discussions with Twitter as to how we can rapidly reach out to and engage Haitians, NGOs, and other health and medical workers to improve data collection and rapid response in Haiti's populations most vulnerable to cholera infection and premature death. 

 

The HEAS and the Haiti MPHISE are both using Twitter for incoming and outgoing messaging.  However, this has to be vastly improved over the next few days. 

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Twitter and technology

I am not a member of Twitter.

I have noticed that at Haiti Rewired http://haitirewired.wired.com/

any time someone posts a blog, starts new thread, etc. there is an automatic notification to Twitter with the subject title and a shortened url to access it.

That is very nice, for people who might want to follow that site, via Twitter, an automated tool MPHISE might also want to install.

I don't know the software particulars, but I think at the other end of technology, there is a need for a tool to monitor Twitter traffic, and like Ushihidi tools, detect traffic relevant to cholera or other trouble reported out of Haiti, which has access to a data base of Haiti locations, so the info is "translated" before humans look at it.

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Alister Wm Macintyre

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Kathy Gilbeaux
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Share Twitter ID's

I've already located the Twitter accounts for the HEAS and MPHISE, and am following both.  Whenever the improvements have been completed and you are ready to speedily disseminate, it would help to share the Twitter ID's here.

Kathy Gilbeaux

Twitter ID @gilbokat

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Activating Twitter Feeds

Thanks, Kathy, 

 

Twitter feeds can be viewed in the Haiti MPHISE Bioswarm Dashboard now.  More on the other Twitter feeds in MPHISE soon. 

Kathy Gilbeaux
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Public or Protected Tweets

Something to keep in mind with regard to Twitter feeds . . . Tweets from "protected" accounts will not show up in Twitter feeds, or searches.


From the Twitter Help Center:


Public or protected?


When you sign up for Twitter, you have the option of keeping your account public (the default account setting) or Protecting your account. Public accounts have profile pages that are visible to everyone, while Protected accounts manually approve those who views its Tweets.


Why Would I Protect My Account?


If the idea of strangers reading your Twitter updates makes you feel a little weird, try protecting your profile at first. You can always change your mind later. When you Protect your account, the following restrictions are put in place:



  • People will have to request to follow you and each follow request will need approval

  • Your Profile and Tweets will only be visible to users you've approved

  • Protected Profiles' Tweets will not appear in Twitter search

  • @replies sent to people who aren't following you will not be seen

  • You cannot share static page URL's with non-followers