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6 Reflections on the Workshop
Pages 71-74

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From page 71...
... He noted, too, how BioWatch's public health focus served as a catalyst for bringing together a broad coalition of stakeholders to create what appears to be well-functioning emergency response networks where none existed before. Along those lines, one positive and unanticipated outcome of the BioWatch program has been the personal relationships, both within and across jurisdictions, that have developed in forming those response networks.
From page 72...
... He encouraged OHA and DHS to make sure that positive message is heard by the transition team for whomever wins the 2016 presidential election, and he suggested that OHA could be a champion for an overall biosurveillance effort that encompasses the human–animal–environmental nexus, including disease vectors. He also recommended that OHA push and work with the science and technology directorate at DHS to introduce quick, incremental improvements to the BioWatch technology, probably in collaboration with the Department of Defense, and to look at what technologies might be able to contribute to the system over the next decade.
From page 73...
... Terry Mullins also noted the high regard that the local officials voiced for the BioWatch program, and he credited the hard, diligent work put in by the national program office for that achievement. He did have one suggestion for the program that could help protect the BioWatch brand that everyone has worked so hard to create: Conduct a random sampling of negative results from BioWatch collectors to confirm they are true negatives, and publish that information in the program's regular reports.
From page 74...
... He noted that it is impossible to get 100 percent assurance that a system can detect all threats, but 80 to 90 percent assurance should be a goal as information on the threat basis improves. Lisa Gordon-Hagerty provided the closing comments, first thanking all of the participants; the workshop planning committee; National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine staff; the BioWatch national program office staff; and the OHA staff that has supported BioWatch.

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