Consequence Management System (CMS)

Description: A system for determining causes and effects of potentially harmful outbreaks from food and water supplies in the general population. It can also be used to determine causes for diseases/illnesses that are spread. Basically when an outbreak occurs, the data that is entered from all the patients are used to determine a commonality that links them all. The source will be determined as well as the best treatment through a collective effort of hospitals.In order for the CMS to work, it does require the sharing of information, which can be a hurdle. "Development of the CMS has been funded through a contract with FDA and a grant from the Department of Homeland Security’s National Center for Food Protection and Defense at the University of Minnesota, with additional funds from the Department of Homeland Security’s National Biodefense Analysis and Countermeasures Center (btsafety.com)."

Applications:
As mentioned in class, many people in the New York area as well as residents of Canada became sick with the same illness. Although it took six weeks to find the cause, the CMS was able to determine the original source as a specific water spigot at a New York fair. The goal for the future would be to reduce the time taken to further preventative measures. The software used can actually determine the effects of certain actions and the time scales involved. From when the illness is introduced, to how it affects everything else, such as patient trends and hospital visits, the CMS system can be used for training as well as preparing, or treating a potential food bourne disaster.
Web Resources:

http://www.btsafety.com/software-cms.htm

Related Terminology:

Emergency Management



Citations/References:

Lecture Week 2b
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