"When an agency has invested in technology, they want to get as much out of it as they can," said Moira Lafayette, the former training and education coordinator for the Wisconsin Division of Public Health.Lafayette is now the director of strategic applications at Sonic Foundry, a media communications company.Mediasoft, one of Sonic Foundry's products, gave Lafayette and her public health colleagues the ability to record, index, transmit and store information without needing to rely on video or audio editors, she said.
"The back-end software allows you to store and index your information and then you can search it by keyword, metadata or even spoken word," Lafayette
said."You can split out the audio section with no pre- or post-production."
The technology was useful, she
said, because it eliminated cost and technical barriers to quick communication by making information available online.
"In the context of public health emergency preparedness, we really need to be able to get information out.We were scheduling three teleconferences a day and we blew our budget in a week," Lafayette