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1 Introduction
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... , uses daily manual collection and testing of air filters from each monitor to detect the presence of biological pathogens. Until April 2014, DHS pursued a next-generation autonomous detection technology that aimed to shorten the time from sample collection to detection to less than 6 hours, reduce the cost of analysis, and increase the number of detectable biological pathogens.
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... In response to this report, DHS requested that the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine conduct a workshop to further explore the findings of the 2015 GAO report and discuss the impact these findings may have with regard to the future development of the technical capabilities of the BioWatch program. The National Academies' Health and Medicine Division, under the auspices of the Standing Committee on Health Threats and Workforce Resilience, established an ad hoc committee to organize a 2-day public workshop.
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... The planning committee's members were Lisa Gordon-Hagerty (chair) , president and chief executive officer, LEG Inc.; Suzet McKinney, executive director, Illinois Medical District Commission; Terry Mullins, chief, Bureau of Emergency Medical Services and Trauma System, Arizona Department of Health Services; Colin Stimmler, director, Biodetection Preparedness and Response Unit, Office of Emergency Preparedness and Response, New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene; and John Vitko, Jr., former director, biological and chemical countermeasures, DHS Science and Technology Directorate (S&T)
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... capa r bilities for biosurveillance and reporting, including autonomous systems, as well as the assessment and testing of such systems; •  eview DHS's current collaboration activities across all levels of govern r ment and explore opportunities for additional collaboration and coordina tion between BioWatch and relevant federal, state, and local public health partners to support effective and efficient capability development; and •  xplore opportunities to further advance national preparedness by examin e ing federal, state, and local planning and response activities in the event of a biological incident. The committee will develop the workshop agenda, select and invite speakers and discussants, and moderate the discussions.
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... Chapter 4 describes the collaborative activities within BioWatch and across multiple levels of government. Chapter 5 explores opportunities for additional collaboration and coordination between BioWatch and relevant federal, state, and local public health partners to support effective and efficient capability development.

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