The Hewlett Packard Company recently announced it has donated 500 HP iPAQ Travel Companions with GPS technology to the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention (China CDC). This was done in order to support the establishment and operation of a public health surveillance and evaluation effort in earthquake-affected Sichuan Province. Using a survey platform called FAST GIS (Field Adapted Survey Toolkit for Geographic Information System-enabled data collection), the system will help enable China CDC health workers to track and prevent the spread of infectious diseases among earthquake survivors, and to assess injuries and disabilities in order to rebuild the public health system in a manner that best serves the population. The public health surveillance system will help prevent Sichuan earthquake survivors from suffering additional pain due to disease and ensure an adequate public health response in earthquake-affected areas.
For more information about Hewlett Packard’s efforts to help China, please read the full article here.
Melissa Lawrence, Rutgers Student Intern, VERTICES, LLC