Wireless Information System for Emergency Responders (WISER)

WISER is a system designed to assist emergency responders in hazardous material incidents.

National Institutes of Health – National Library of Medicine Wireless Information Application

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National Institutes of Health – National Library of Medicine Wireless Information Application

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The Problem

  • First responders to a Hazmat incident must be able to rapidly determine the substance (chemical, radiological, or biological) and the appropriate response.

The Solution

  • Mobile and web-based decision support system to quickly identify substance and provide critical substance information
  • Synchronizes with the NLM Hazardous Substance Data Bank (HSDB) to provide critical information (patient care, chemical specs, protective equipment, containment suppression tactics, cleanup, etc.)
  • Intuitive, simple, and personalized user interface

The Impact

  • Operational Versions for iPhone, BlackBerry, Palm OS, Pocket PC, Windows, and Web
  • 5000 chemical substances
  • Radiological/nuclear event support (30 radioisotopes)
  • Biological event support (12 agents)
  • Freely available (over 1.2 million copies downloaded)
  • Over 6 million, and counting, visits to WebWISER
  • Very well received and appreciated by user community
  • Coming soon: Wireless collaboration

“This is one of the best tools ever created for emergency response, period!”

The National Library of Medicine contracted with Next Century to help them conceive of a PDA-based device that would help emergency responders when they arrive at the scene of a chemical spill. Next Century identified and contacted two local HAZMAT teams (Fairfax County, VA and Baltimore County, MD). Through a series of discussions with these first responder organizations, we developed a prototype that was refined in discussions with the first responders. Once the prototype generated the desired response from the users, i.e. “I need that!”, we developed the operational version WISER aids first responders who have arrived at the scene of a hazardous materials incident as follows:

  • Helping them to identify the substance they are dealing with either through specifying the physical characteristics of the substance or the symptoms of victims
  • Providing the most critical information about the substance once identified (e.g., “don’t put water on it”)
  • Providing information on treatment of victims and site remediationWiserIPhone-01
  • Incorporates innovative decision tools for expediting the identification of an unknown substance
  • Operational Versions for iPhone, BlackBerry,  Palm OS, Windows (XP/VISTA) Windows Mobile, and Web
  • 5000 chemical substances
  • Radiological/nuclear event support (21 radioisotopes)
  • Biological event support (6 agents)
  • Very well received and appreciated by user community – “This is one of the best tools ever created for emergency response, period!”

Next Century has been under contract by the Specialized Information Services (SIS) Division of the National Library of Medicine (part of the National Institutes of Health) since 2003 to develop, support, enhance, and maintain WISER. First responders to a Hazmat incident must be able to rapidly determine the substance (chemical, radiological, or biological) and the appropriate response.

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