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Construction of a secure online environment for dose reconstructions.

Wierowski-JV; Wallace-PW; Wierowski-MD
Health Phys 2003 Jun; 84(Suppl):S224
The performance of dose reconstructions under the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act involves a team of health physics professionals working together from locations across the country. This unique workforce configuration presents numerous information management challenges, most notably, providing high-speed access to data in a variety of formats in a secure environment. A secure environment is required because all data related to a claim is protected under the Privacy Act. To facilitate efficient professing of each claim, the dose reconstruction staff needs access to the original claim documents, the telephone interview(s), all dosimetry records, and the technical basis document(s) for the relevant site(s). This information is primarily stored in electronic documents. Staff also need access to a variety of databases and to controlled versions of the software tools used for totaling internal and external exposures and determining the probability of causation, and a mechanism for collaborating on an individual claim via on-line discussion. The claims tracking staff requires a project management system to monitor each step involved in the processing of a claim. Due to the volume of claims in the program, the system must allow the project staff to indicate their individual progress. This system must be able to support concurrent users in a Web environment and provide automatic notifications as milestones are reached and/or problems identified. A combination of in-house developed applications, commercial software and Internet technologies such as virtual private networking, have been brought together to create a secure environment. This environment enables the dose reconstructor to access all data and tools necessary to perform the dose reconstruction and communicate with other team members. The system also helps to automatically track the progress of each claim through the dose reconstruction process.
Dose-response; Dosimetry; Nuclear-energy; Nuclear-radiation; Employee-exposure; Exposure-assessment; Health-physicists; Data-processing; Radiation-exposure; Radiation-facilities; Computer-software; Computers; Information-processing; Information-retrieval-systems
MJW Corporation Inc., 338 Harris Hill Road, Suite 208, Williamsville, NY 14221
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MJW Corporation Inc., Williamsville, New York