The Health Alert Network is a nationwide information and communications system that will link together local, state and federal health agencies to protect communities from bio terrorism and other health threats. When fully deployed, the Health Alert Network will link local health departments to one another, to other agencies critical to preparedness and response, to state health departments and to other federal agencies. The Health Alert Network will also provide state and local agencies with:
 

  • Preparedness planning and assessment
  • Disease surveillance and investigation
  • Electronic laboratory test reporting
  • Emergency communications
  • Workforce training
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is leading the development of the nationwide network, at an estimated cost of $1 billion over the next five years. Here in Connecticut, the State Department of Public Health, the Connecticut Association of Directors of Health and other state agencies are serving as partners to lay the groundwork for a locally based communications infrastructure.