U.S. Dept. Veterans Affairs (VA) SMEC-bio Reporting for Leadership Decision Support

Shantini D. Gamage, Loretta A. Simbartl, Stephen M. Kralovic, Katherine S. Wallace, Gary A. Roselle


The Veterans Health Administration (VHA) of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) was responsible for administering healthcare to over 5 million patients in 2011. After the 2009 H1N1 influenza pandemic, VA preparedness leaders initiated development of the Subject Matter Expertise Center for Biological Events (SMEC-bio) as a mechanism for communication of timely VHA infectious diseases expertise for decision support. A Report template was designed and SMEC-bio has provided eight ad hoc Reports to leadership. This work reviews the Reports (e.g. reason for report, data sources, outcome) and the results of a gap analysis to inform a formalized, routine communication plan.

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.5210/ojphi.v5i1.4596

Online Journal of Public Health Informatics * ISSN 1947-2579 * http://ojphi.org