WV Health Alert Network
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The purpose of the West Virginia HAN / CIT Project is to :
"design, develop and enhance existing systems for rapid and secure
communications, when faced with detection of unusual outbreaks of illness
that may be the result of terrorism involving biological or chemical
agents. Through HAN / CIT we will build upon our education and training
infrastructure to assess skills and competencies, then deliver appropriate
training to state and local health department professionals in
bio-terrorism preparedness and public health informatics, utilizing a
combination of departmental and CDC - sponsored materials. To
this end, the state will establish extended electronic communication
capacity for rapid response."
OMIS (Office of
Management Information Services) for WVDHHR Networking and Technical
Support became involved in providing services to the Local Health
Departments upon request by the OCRHS (Office
of Community and Rural Health Services) through its Health Alert
Network / Communications and Information Technology project (HAN /
We have completed the initial 3 year project
plan. The focus for continued support has shifted from HAN to the
Bioterrorism grant. 98% of the Health Departments in the State of
West Virginia are now connected to the DHHR Wide-Area Network (WAN). OMIS
continues to coordinate the following components for all
participating local health departments:
We are currently in the process of determining what
sites have faster connections available (Cable, DSL)
Additional Data Cabling.
Maintaining Network Connectivity and upgrading Communications
Equipment for faster connections.
Training upon the request of the Local Health
New workstation and server installations.
OMIS activity with the Local Health Departments involves,
but is not limited to:
Provision and administration of DHHR e-mail (GroupWise).
Implementation of anti-virus services (Symantec).
Operating system security updates.
Hardware and software support of equipment procured
through the state grant process.
Server support for 32 DHHR installed servers in the DHHR
domain and for LHDs requiring administration services.
Help Desk support.
Assistance in establishing the "Equipment Coordinator"
role and provision for Equipment Coordinator training.
Facilitation of user training, policy awareness and
Questions regarding OMIS components can be directed to