Researchers from DTRA CB/JSTO are working with multiple U.S. government agencies to beef up the Nation’s biosurveillance capabilities to provide early warning notification to warfighters and first responders.
The Biosurveillance Ecosystem (BSVE) is an innovative, rapidly emerging capability being developed to address user-defined capability need areas and to support real-time biosurveillance for early warning and course of action analysis for those facing biological threats.
The BSVE project, managed by Nancy Nurthen, DTRA CB, completed the first year of a 3-year program.
Developers established a website to demonstrate the potential operational utility and to gain feedback from the user community toward future work in the remaining years of the project. The development approach represents a new paradigm that will result in an IT framework with these main tenets:
Defense Threat Reduction Agency’s Chemical and Biological Technologies Department officials believe BSVE will demonstrate an easy, defined process for rapidly introducing new data sources into the system and displaying them as part of the search results. It will also allow users to understand relationships among data and potential correlations allowing for disease prediction and forecasting. In addition, BSVE will be an integrated program within the military scientific community, integrating capabilities in development at the DoD.
This includes Role 0/1 diagnostic devices whose results are sent wirelessly or via text message to the BSVE cloud and displayed in the BSVE Analyst Workbench in real time using standards set by the Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology.
- Data Visualization
- Modeling & Simulation
- Dynamic Feedback
- Monitoring & Assessment
- Workflow & Semantics
- Task Management
- Report Generation
- BSV Timeline Metrics
- Hotspot Maps
System architecture and program coordination discussions between DTRA CB/JSTO and the Joint Program Executive Office have begun to ensure interoperability and smooth transition of science and technology DoD Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction (CWMD) capabilities in development.
Working groups are also looking at collaborating with other U.S. government agencies, to include Department of Homeland Security, the Director of National Intelligence, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, among others.
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