APL’s Thomas Pilholski and F. Connor Sag, monitoring conditions in the Johns Hopkins Hospital biocontainment unit. JHU/APL researchers, collaborating with colleagues in Johns Hopkins University’s School of Public Health and School of Medicine and the Johns Hopkins Hospital, and with assistance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention/National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, have mapped the movements of a simulated pathogen through a medical biocontainment facility, taking a critical first step in developing protocols to prevent the spread of infectious disease and protect hospital patients and caregivers. Image credit: APL.
Redemption Hospital, Monrovia
Two hospital workers at Redemption Hospital, Monrovia Liberia. Two analysts from the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory’s National Health Mission Area traveled twice to Liberia’s capital, Monrovia, last year to deploy APL-developed disease surveillance tools that will leave the country better prepared to deal with future outbreaks. On one of those trips, the APL duo teamed up with epidemiologists from the JHU Bloomberg School of Public Health on a visit to Redemption Hospital, a facility that was crippled and briefly closed during the peak of the Ebola epidemic. They discovered, among other things, that inpatient and outpatient records were kept on paper and often destroyed to make room for new records. Image credit: APL.
APL & Health Surveillance
JHU/APL, in collaboration with The Global Emerging Infections Surveillance and Response System (GEIS), a division of the Armed Forces Health Surveillance Center (AFHSC), created the Suite for Automated Global Electronic bioSurveillance (SAGES), is a collection of modular, flexible, open source software tools for electronic disease surveillance. Image credit: APL