Recommendations for Action: Modernizing and Enhancing Our Nation's Biosurveillance Capabilities Report from the National Biodefense Science Board   [open pdf - 1MB]

From the Executive Summary, "The United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary, through the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR), directs activities related to the nation's public health and health preparedness, as well as assuring appropriate national response capability such as medical countermeasures. The National Biodefense Science Board (NBSB) was tasked with providing guidelines and recommendations for a coordinated strategy to assure the nation's biosurveillance capacity as it contributes to situational awareness of issues potentially and actually impacting the public's health. A 'biosurveillance' system includes programs, policies, procedures, workforce, and technology related to biosurveillance for human health. Biosurveillance is an important component of public health and healthcare situational awareness but would not in itself include other components of situational awareness such as inventory and resource management. Biosurveillance is, however, connected to the public health and healthcare response component of situational awareness by ensuring the most optimal and informed decision making to thereby assure our national health security"

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