Taking Ownership of the Program Since December 2010, Black & Veatch has provided training in about 25 locations – geographically spread throughout five countries – on how to use the EIDSS and PACS systems. According to Wahl, there is the possibility that EIDSS and PACS will continue to expand into other nations, with interest from countries such as Uganda, Kenya, Iraq, India and even the United States. When introducing the EIDSS and PACS into a country, Black & Veatch is responsible for designing the software based on the individual needs of the country; providing training programs for professionals in that particular country; installing system infrastructure and ongoing operations; and maintaining the program with the ultimate goal of complete transition and sustainment by the partner country. “We don’t just hand off the program and say ‘good luck,’” Wahl said. “This is a long-term relationship that includes comprehensive communications and information technology services with an area of the world that Black & Veatch already has a significant presence in. Ultimately, the goal is for these countries to safely and effectively run this program on their own without being dependent on the United States government or Black & Veatch. Currently, we are achieving good results in that regard as the partner countries take on more and more of the daily responsibility and provide their own internal resources to keep the systems operational.” As the EIDSS and PACS programs continue to expand, so too has the credibility of the programs and the value they bring to the countries involved. “Not only is it a success if EIDSS helps provide early detection and more effective response to a disease event, or if PACS prevents biological material from going missing or getting misplaced, but the notion that these partner countries accept these tools, see their value and agree to implement the program in the country is a huge success,” Wahl said. “We are at the point where acceptance at the national levels and full-scale usage is growing, and that only adds to the credibility and accreditation of what we’ve done for other countries so far." Subject Matter Expert Tom Wahl: WahlT@bv.com Contact us to learn more about what we can do for you.