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  • HP INPUT/OUT Feature Article: May 02, 2012. Curbing Catastrophes With Analytics Technology is being used more frequently to save lives, whether in surgery, to safeguard the elderly, or now, in the event of a disease outbreak during a catastrophe. Faced with the potential for mass casualties, emergency managers have to make critical decisions rapidly to assess the affected populations, determine the location and size of treatment distribution facilities, appropriately staff those facilities with adequately trained personnel, and provide them with needed medicines and supplies. Technology is being used more frequently to save lives, whether in surgery, to safeguard the elderly, or now, in the event of a disease outbreak during a catastrophe. Faced with the potential for mass casualties, emergency managers have to make critical decisions rapidly to assess the affected populations, determine the location and size of treatment distribution facilities, appropriately staff those facilities with adequately trained personnel, and provide them with needed medicines and supplies.
    The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has partnered with a research team at Georgia Institute of Technology to produce a modeling tool to help health personnel with the challenge of mass dispensing of medical supplies in an emergency. The software, known as RealOpt (include our link), has decision support capabilities for modeling and optimizing the public health infrastructure for hazardous emergency response. It is designed for use in biological and radiological preparedness, for disease outbreaks planning and response, and for natural disasters planning. RealOpt helps officials plan for dispensing facilities locations, to ensure optimal facility staffing and allocation of resources, including routing of the population and dispensing modalities, according to Eva Lee, a professor at the School of Industrial and Systems Engineering at Georgia Tech, and director of the Center for Operations Research in Medicine and Health Care at the school. Read the full article
  • CTV news: March 11, 2012. Japan's Tsunami Anniversary, A Year Since Disaster Struck Dr. Lee, a professor in School of Industrial and Systems Engineering, spoke to CTV News Channel on Sunday, March 11 2012, the one-year anniversary of a powerful earthquake and resulting tsunami that killed more than 19,000 people.
    Lee's work focuses on emergency response to all hazards, including biological, nuclear, radiological and chemical incidents. She has worked in this area for more than 9 years, and has spent much of that time focusing on mass casualty mitigation, which involves rapid deployment of medical supplies and medical services, and rapid distribution of food, clean water, etc to affected populations. Professor Eva Lee Professor Eva Lee developed RealOpt, the next generation informatics-analytic system to aid pandemic and biowarfare public health mass dispensing and emergency planning. The system includes a radiological response module that facilities radiological screening and decontamination operations. Particularly pertinent to Japan is her work related to radiological response and population screening and decontamination. Read the full article
  • Science Newsline Technology: November 14, 2011. Systems Engineers Help Improve Flow of Visitors in Georgia Aquarium's New Dolphin Exhibit More than 1,800 visitors can move smoothly through the Georgia Aquarium's new AT&T Dolphin Tales exhibit, entering and leaving through the same set of doors. Their experience is not by accident though -- before the exhibit opened, logistics experts at the Georgia Institute of Technology carefully studied how guests would move and recommended ways to improve their experiences while minimizing congestion.
  • Nature Immunology: June 6, 2011. Systems biology of vaccination for seasonal influenza in humans
  • Dr. Lee was invited to profile some of her research projects in medicine and healthcare in ORMS Today. The article, which appeared in June 2010, was introduced by Peter Horner: "... Another ongoing story in the mainstream media is health care. If anything, the health care bill passed by Congress earlier this year only added fuel to the fire, and the hot topic of health care is sure to be an issue during the fall mid-term elections. However, as Eva Lee points out in her article "Advancing health care on multiple fronts" (page 20), Republicans and Democrats do agree on one thing: health care technology is crucial to improving any health care system."
  • Georgia Tech Unveils Next Generation Software System to Aid Pandemic and Biowarfare Public Health Mass Dispensing and Emergency Planning Georgia Tech unveils next generation software system
  • The Division of Strategic National Stockpile in the Coordinating Offcie for Terrorism Preparedness and Emergency Response at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention unveils RealOpt-Regional, an interactive online software tool to aid in apportioning and dispensing medical countermeasures. DSNS releases of RealOpt-Regional
  • Sanford H1N1 vaccination event Michael Radke, Coordinator of the Cities Readiness Initiative at the Portland Public Health and Human Services, used RealOpt to design the H1N1 flu clinic for the October 24 Sanford clinic event. "Planning for vaccination can be very complex,' recalled Mike. "we were able to process 300 vaccinations an hour (many being pediatric that cried, screamed, ran, and otherwise didn't enjoy the process)." "RealOpt provides us with efficient layout and operations foundation, thus allowing us to focus on the customer satisfaction part. Integrating the two offer us smooth operations that in turn help promoting the public relationship." Mike concluded.
  • The Buffalo News: September 22, 2008. "Drive-through vaccination effort a success in Amherst" 1,385 people receive A booster hepatitis,
    Eva K. Lee, director of the Center for Operations Research in Medicine and Healthcare at Georgia Institute of Technology, said Amherst's vaccination exercise was the first drive through event that administered a real vaccine to so many people ...
  • Media Newswire: August 15, 2008. "Enhancing Disaster and Medical Response"
  • "Doing Good with Good O.R -- O.R.'s Do-Gooders. ``National Biodefense -- In Case of Emergency''"
  • An interview by Alleen Lee from the Center for Education Integrating Science, Mathematics, and Computing "A Conversation with Dr. Eva Lee".
  • Atlanta Business Chronicle: Apr 28, 2006. "Software helps to deal with disaster".
  • The Whistle: Apr 24, 2006. "Computer program helps governments plan for pandemic". ( pdf file )
  • RxPG News:Apr 22, 2006. "RealOpt - Computer Program to Halt Pandemics".
  • The Community News:Aug 4 2005. "Fulton/DeKalb drill simulates anthrax crisis".
  • IE Magazine:Vol 37(2), Feb 2005. "Emergency Response System for Bioterrorism and Pandemic Diseases".
  • IIE Solutions: Feb 2005. "New tools help delineate the best response to a worst-case scenario".
  • State Health Watch: Jan 2005. "Software helps plan infectious illness treatment".
  • All Business: Nov 2004. "Thwarting bioterrorism with simulation, computer program readies healthcare departments for infectious disease outbreaks".
  • Bioscience Innovations: Oct 2004. "Emergency treatment response for bioterrorism and infectious disease outbreak".
  • Department of Homeland Security IAIP Directorate Daily Open Source Infrastructure Report: Sep 22 2004. "New Computer Program helps Health Departments Halt Outbreaks".
  • News-mediacl.net: Sep 20 2004. "New computer program helps health departments halt outbreaks".
  • AScribe: Sep 2004. "Georgia Tech Professor Designs Program to Help States Organize Bioterror Plans; Program Installed in Georgia and to Be Tested by Health Departments in Several States".