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SARS site. To help physicians identify Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome, the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology's Pulmonary and Mediastinal Pathology Department has launched a Web site with images of the virus.

The site, at www.afip.org/Departments/Pulmonary/SARS, illustrates the virus in several phases. It is modeled on an anthrax site also developed by AFIP, said Dr. Teri J. Franks, the associate chairwoman.

'The department wanted the AFIP medical staff to be able to launch Web sites for emerging diseases in a timely manner, so a template was created,' Franks said in a release.

The designers aimed to help radiologists'health care professionals who often are among the first to see patients'know what symptoms to watch for, said Dr. Jeffrey Galvin, chief of pulmonary and mediastinal radiology in the Radiologic Pathology Department.

'I felt it was very important for a radiologist to understand what the findings were in SARS, because recognition is crucial,' Galvin said. 'It spreads so rapidly, and having a radiologist recognize and raise the possibility of SARS could make the difference between containing it in the emergency room or spreading it throughout the country.'

Tech testing. The Navy's surface and submarine divisions now have a venue to test technologies for integrated sea-based warfighting systems: the Navy Open Architecture Test Facility at the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Dahlgren, Va.

The test facility has more than 200 computers with multiple operating systems providing computing and network power to process more than 200 billion bits of information per second, according to a report from the Naval Sea Systems Command.

The open-architecture initiative is intended to promote open-systems architectures for warfighting systems to increase interoperability, officials said.

Glad grads. The 311th Theater Signal Command, an Army Reserve unit at Fort Meade, Md., in June held a graduation ceremony for the first two classes from the Cisco Systems Networking Academy.

Twenty-five students received certificates from the only Cisco-certified training facility in the Army Reserve, said Maj. Gen. George F. Bowman, commanding general. The academy at Fort Meade is an extension of the Fort Gordon Regional Cisco Office, said Sgt. Diane Benjamin, one of the instructors.

The Army's active-duty Cisco training course runs about eight weeks. But reservists generally take the classes part-time evenings and weekends over a six-month period.

The course counts as 12 credits and is transferable to many colleges and universities, officials said.

The Signal Corps already trains switch operators, radio operators and cable installers, said 1st Lt. Shawn Herron, a network systems engineer at the command. Herron said what reservists needed most was training on how to be router operators. With the Cisco training, they will configure routers at strategic and tactical sites, he said.

Maj. Bernard L. Smith, the Cisco Academy program manager, said the academy is testing IP videoconferencing.

'It will ride over the data network architecture,' Smith said. 'There is an extensive cost savings in deploying this technology.'

HIPAA help. The Military Health System has hired Booz Allen Hamilton Inc. to help health care providers comply with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996.

The McLean, Va., company is the prime contractor in the multiyear follow-on contract to provide program and acquisition support and technical management for Web systems used in HIPAA training, compliance and disclosure tracking, according to Booz Allen Hamilton.

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