Engineering Innovation Podcast and Radio Series

Pandemic Plans

PostedJuly 16, 2006

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Randy Atkins:  If there’s a pandemic flu, how long will you have to wait among potentially infected people at a vaccination center?

Jeffrey Herrmann:  It could be a real problem if they haven’t carefully thought about the capacity and congestion that can occur in such clinics.

Randy Atkins:  Jeffrey Herrmann is a University of Maryland engineer.  He led engineering of software that takes in data like number of staff and available space, then suggests clinic strategies…

Jeffrey Herrmann:  That will lead to less waiting, less queuing, less chaos, less congestion if you should have to go get a vaccination.

Randy Atkins:  The CDC is encouraging counties nationwide to use Herrmann’s software.  With the National Academy of Engineering, Randy Atkins, WTOP Radio.

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