Developing an information resources management strategy for regulatory veterinary medicine: A national imperative

Lawrence E. Miller From the Departments of Microbiology, Pathology, and Parasitology (Miller, Cowen), College of Veterinary Medicine, and Departments of Computer Science (Honeycutt) and Animal Science (Morrow), North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC 27606, and Centers for Epidemiology and Animal Health, USDA-APH1S-VS, 555 S Howes St, Fort Collins, CO 80521 (Hueston).

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Thomas L. Honeycutt From the Departments of Microbiology, Pathology, and Parasitology (Miller, Cowen), College of Veterinary Medicine, and Departments of Computer Science (Honeycutt) and Animal Science (Morrow), North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC 27606, and Centers for Epidemiology and Animal Health, USDA-APH1S-VS, 555 S Howes St, Fort Collins, CO 80521 (Hueston).

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Peter Cowen From the Departments of Microbiology, Pathology, and Parasitology (Miller, Cowen), College of Veterinary Medicine, and Departments of Computer Science (Honeycutt) and Animal Science (Morrow), North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC 27606, and Centers for Epidemiology and Animal Health, USDA-APH1S-VS, 555 S Howes St, Fort Collins, CO 80521 (Hueston).

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W. E. Morgan Morrow From the Departments of Microbiology, Pathology, and Parasitology (Miller, Cowen), College of Veterinary Medicine, and Departments of Computer Science (Honeycutt) and Animal Science (Morrow), North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC 27606, and Centers for Epidemiology and Animal Health, USDA-APH1S-VS, 555 S Howes St, Fort Collins, CO 80521 (Hueston).

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William D. Hueston From the Departments of Microbiology, Pathology, and Parasitology (Miller, Cowen), College of Veterinary Medicine, and Departments of Computer Science (Honeycutt) and Animal Science (Morrow), North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC 27606, and Centers for Epidemiology and Animal Health, USDA-APH1S-VS, 555 S Howes St, Fort Collins, CO 80521 (Hueston).

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Summary

Lack of a standardized information technology management strategy has resulted in state and federal information systems evolving separately, rather than in tandem. Absence of an information management strategy will eventually affect regulatory program management, epidemiologic research, and domestic and international livestock trade. Producers will ultimately pay the price for the lack of regulatory coordination of US animal health and disease information. The longer the development of state and federal information technology management strategies is postponed, the more cost-, labor-, and time-intensive correcting the deficiency will be. Development of a national information resources management environment is the first step in constructing state and federal information technology strategies.

Summary

Lack of a standardized information technology management strategy has resulted in state and federal information systems evolving separately, rather than in tandem. Absence of an information management strategy will eventually affect regulatory program management, epidemiologic research, and domestic and international livestock trade. Producers will ultimately pay the price for the lack of regulatory coordination of US animal health and disease information. The longer the development of state and federal information technology management strategies is postponed, the more cost-, labor-, and time-intensive correcting the deficiency will be. Development of a national information resources management environment is the first step in constructing state and federal information technology strategies.

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