Public Health Infrastructure


Morris from Dept. of Health and Human Services is talking about IT infrastructure for public health.  In the face of some skepticism (not from this crowd, but others) he quotes a 1902 article from Harper's Weekly:

The actual building of roads devoted to motor cars is not for the near future, in spite of many rumors to that effect...

He envisions a "weather channel" for public health information that would give real time reports on disease similar to the way to we get weather reports.    Most people outside the government would probably be surprised to learn that there isn't a real time public health infrastructure.