The Secure Telecommunications Application Terminal Package system called STATPack™ allows spoke hospitals or diagnostic laboratories to send digital images of suspicious or unknown organisms electronically to a hub health laboratory for consultation. STATPack™ saves precious diagnostic time and eliminates the inherent risks of having the sample hand-delivered by courier to the hub laboratory.
The STATPack™ project is a collaborative effort among the information technology experts at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) at the Peter Kiewit Institute and health care professionals at the University Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) and the Nebraska Public Health Laboratory (NPHL). To date, NPHL has deployed more than 20 STATPack™ systems throughout Nebraska. In addition, the Oklahoma State Department of Health Public Health Laboratory and the Kansas Department of Health and Environment Laboratory have also deployed STATPacks across their states.
The STATPack™ application is an emergency response system for public health laboratories. It is intended to help clinical spoke laboratories become more prepared for a bioterrorism event or other public health emergency. Emergency alerts with rich diagnostic quality laboratory specimen images and text are securely communicated among laboratory experts.
What is STATPack™?
STATPack™ is an emergency response system that addresses critical health information and biosecurity needs. The STATPack™ system application is a secure, dedicated, HIPAA compliant, web-based network system that supports telecommunication connectivity of clinical health laboratories. The system architecture uses client/server technology and operates in a distributed environment. This connectivity allows for immediate communication and data transfer of urgent health information by transmitting images and text. The STATPack™ system hardware is shown above.
- Provides macro-visualization of difficult specimens
- Produces specimen image of diagnostic quality (millimeter resolution)
- Compliments a microscopic slide-based system
- Provides a database of electronic messages and corresponding images
- Provides safe handling of biohazardous specimen using an airtight container to house diagnostic specimen and camera