Homeland Security: Legislation
09/20/2007 - BioShield also provided for grants to modernize existing biomedical and behavioral research facilities and construct new ones. It gave authority to the federal government to procure critical drugs using specially designated funds. In addition, BioShield amended the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA) to allow specific drugs to be introduced to the public prior to FDA approval, provided the Homeland Security Secretary determined that a national emergency merited the use of such drugs.
Legal Report: Contingency Planning \ Disaster Management
09/20/2007 - A new Missouri law (formerly H.B. 413) requires that the state set up a vaccination program for first responders who would be deployed to disaster areas as a result of bioterrorism. Participation in the program is voluntary except for those first responders identified by their employers as personnel who cannot safely perform their emergency duties without the vaccinations
SM Online: Privacy
09/20/2007 - A New Jersey appeals court has ruled that filming an emergency room patient for a television program violated privacy laws.
Homeland Security: Contingency Planning \ Disaster Management
09/19/2007 - The database is part of a larger initiative to evaluate public health preparedness and educate officials on methods for improvement. Rand has also produced studies that evaluate public health preparedness, test public health disease reporting systems, and create best practices for public health officials.
SM Online: Workplace Violence
09/18/2007 - A hospital was held liable when a nurse was assaulted by a doctor who was an independent contractor.
Healthcare: Integrated Systems
09/18/2007 - The Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center has developed a program which ensures that security systems work properly before vendors leave the scene
Industry News: Access Control
09/14/2007 - A strategic alliance by Siemens Communications, Mount Sinai Medical Center and Elmhurst Hospital Center is using smart card technology
Homeland Security: Terrorism
09/14/2007 - Over one-quarter of states do not have sufficient bioterrorism laboratory response capabilities,” says the third annual study of the U.S. public health and emergency response capabilities by the Trust for America’s Health. The report brings to light several deficiencies in the public health sector and evaluates states’ abilities to respond to and mitigate the effects of a natural disaster or terrorist incident. @ The full report is available via SM Online.
SM Online: How-to
09/12/2007 - A government training video shows emergency responders and hospital ER staff how to decontaminate children exposed to dangerous chemicals.
Case Study: IT Security
Homeland Security: Academic \ Educational Programs
09/06/2007 - Doctors fared poorly in identifying hghly contagious and deadly illnesses.
Healthcare: Access Control
09/06/2007 - Children's Mercy Hospital and Clinics has upgraded its access control procedures to ensure that its young patients can safely receive the care they need.
SM Online: Risk Management
08/13/2007 - As Associate Editor Ann Longmore-Etheridge noted in her feature, there are many resources risk managers can consult whether planning overseas trips or preparing for a pandemic.