A new computer model is available to help hospitals and health systems plan antibiotic dispensing and vaccination campaigns to respond to bioterrorism or large-scale natural disease outbreaks. The model was funded by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) and developed by researchers at Weill Medical College of Cornell University after testing a variety of patient triage and drug dispensing plans. This project is part of a larger initiative of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to develop public health programs to address bioterrorism concerns.

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New Resource
This new resource is the Nation's first computerized staffing model that is downloadable as a spreadsheet or accessible as a Web-based version. It can be used to calculate the specific needs of local health care systems based on the number of staff they have and the number of patients they would need to treat quickly in a bioterrorism event.

The new computer model allows health care systems planners to estimate the number and type of staff required to operate these clinics in order to provide an entire community with critical medical supplies in an efficient and timely fashion.

The model can be downloaded to run on common spreadsheet software and customized for use by health officials at all levels of government, hospital administration, and emergency medical planning.

Download Information
Mass Prophylaxis/Vaccination Campaign Staffing Model
Your browser may support downloading the program from this Web page. The file is a Microsoft® Excel workbook. To download the file, right click on the link and then select "Save Target As" (Internet Explorer) or "Save Link As" (Netscape):

Download Excel file (1.4 MB).
You may also access the program in an interactive html format. For the Web version, go to: http://www.ahrq.gov/research/biomodel/index.asp

Copyright Constraints
This model was created by Nathaniel Hupert, M.D., M.P.H., and Jason Cuomo, M.P.H., under AHRQ Contract No. 290-00-0013. Copyright 2003 by Weill Medical College of Cornell University.

AHRQ makes the model available under the following conditions:

The model may be downloaded for specific individual applications by organizations and for personal use, providing the copyright notice is included.
The model or any modifications or adaptations may not be reproduced, sold, or used for commercial purposes without the specific permission of the copyright holder.
Technical Assistance
Permission requests and technical assistance questions on the use of the model should be directed to:

Nathaniel Hupert, M.D., M.P.H.
Department of Public Health
Weill Medical College of Cornell University
411 East 69th St., KB-313
New York, NY 10021
Phone: (212) 746-3049
Fax: (212) 746-8544
E-mail: BTresponse@med.cornell.edu

More Information
If you have any questions about AHRQ's bioterrorism and health system preparedness program, contact:

Dr. Sally Phillips
Director, Bioterrorism Preparedness Research Program
Center for Primary Care Research
Phone: (301) 427-1571
E-mail: SPhillip@ahrq.gov

Current as of June 2003

---------------------------------------------------------------------Internet Citation:

Computer Staffing Model for Bioterrorism Response. June 2003. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD. http://www.ahrq.gov/research/biomodel.htm