NCFPD Site Released

// posted by Eric Hoffman on Monday, November 12, 2012

Nov 12

Our long time partner, the National Center for Food Protection and Defense, has upgraded their website.  We were happy to develop version 3 of their site, reflecting today's requirements in a website including mobile capabilities.  We reorganized and streamlined the site to make it easier to navigate and find the information you need.  Whether you want to learn more about NCFPD-related research activities, information technologies tools created by NCFPD, food defense educational resources, or NCFPD collaborators, the information is at your fingertips by going to

NCFPD is socially active… meaning you can also find them via Linked In, Facebook and Twitter! 


FDA's Food Protection Task Forces Renews with DSCXN

// posted by Eric Hoffman on Saturday, September 22, 2012

Sep 22

The Food Protection Task Forces, supported by the Division of Federal/State Relations at FDA, convene stakeholders in food safety. These stakeholders form Taskforces that consist of government, industry, academia, and consumer groups that create an effective state-wide infrastructure for outreach, response, and information sharing. Currently, there are 28 state Taskforces.

Datastream created a website ecosystem allowing one web infrastructure to manage all 28 websites simply and effectively.  Each task force controls their individual website, with results of the efforts sharing across all other sites and aggregating into one unified view of task force activity.

We have also implemented private, branded CoreSHIELD mini-portals for each task force and created a simple, end-user manageable mobile app infrastructure allowing each task force to manage and deploy their own iOS and Android mobile apps.

Over the upcoming year, we will continue supporting the strategic growth of the web ecosystem, as well as social media and mobile platforms.   The partnership between DSCXN and DFSR has been great, and the results are impacting food safety in the country!

PetNET Platform Continues with DSCXN

// posted by Eric Hoffman on Sunday, September 16, 2012

Sep 16

PETNet is a secure reporting/notification system, accessible by state and federal government officials with regulatory authority and responsibility over pet food. PETNet allows the exchange of information about pet-food related incidents, such as illness associated with the consumption of adulterated pet food or pet food product defects, between FDA, the States, and other Federal Government agencies charged with protecting animal and public health.

PETNet has elected to renew development with Datastream Connexion and the National Center for Food Protection and Defense.   By leveraging our CoreSHIELD and FormX platforms, we are able to provide innovative reporting and data capture capabilities for the Center for Veterinary Medicine at the FDA.

National Animal Health Laboratory Network Renews Efforts

// posted by Eric Hoffman on Saturday, September 15, 2012

Sep 15

When a large-scale animal-disease outbreak occurs, tracking its progress and performing diagnostic tests on thousands of diagnostic samples is a big challenge. To get the job done, it is very important that all the parties involved-Federal agencies and laboratories managed by State governments and universities-communicate and collaborate effectively. The National Animal Health Laboratory Network (NAHLN) now forms part of a nationwide strategy to coordinate the work of all organizations providing animal disease surveillance and testing services.

NAHLN has elected to continue growing its network on the CoreSHIELD and LabDIR technology platform developed by Datastream Connexion and the National Center for Food Protection and Defense.  The Network has been a terrific partner expanding capabilities within the system by providing the technical leadership team at DSCXN critical insight and direction.  Over the next year we will be implementing innovative features to expand NAHLN's monitoring and response capabilities.


Food Emergency Reponse Network Renews Efforts

// posted by Eric Hoffman on Saturday, September 01, 2012

Sep 01

Datastream Connexion has been an integral development partner with FERN since 2006.   FERN has renewed efforts for the upcoming year to expand its information technology infrastructure.

The Food Emergency Response Network (FERN) integrates the nation's food-testing laboratories at the local, state, and federal levels into a network that is able to respond to emergencies involving biological, chemical, or radiological contamination of food. The FERN structure is organized to ensure federal and state inter-agency participation and cooperation in the formation, development, and operation of the network. 

We are proud to have pioneered this effort with the FERN leadership and look forward to a successful year.

University Programs Site Relaunched

// posted by Eric Hoffman on Sunday, July 01, 2012

Jul 01

In coordination with the National Center for Food Protection and Defense at the University of Minnesota, Datastream Connexion is pleased to announce version 2 of the web infrastructure for University Programs at the Department of Homeland Security.

Built to allow many editors from multiple Homeland Security Center of Excellence update and contribute to their contact areas, the website offers the latest news and activities from these Centers from around the country.

Behind the scenes, the CoreSHIELD portal infrastructure and technology service was implemented to the recent 7.10 release to offer the latest in features to both University Programs and the Centers of Excellence.   Exceeding the standards already set nationally by CoreSHIELD in the areas of collaboration, the UP Portal now offers custom branding to insure each Center has a feature-rich collaboration environment that looks and feels like a natural extension of their existing technology.

More information about University Programs can be found here, and you can visit the public site by clicking here!

Datastream Coordinates Web Ecosystem With FDA

// posted by Eric Hoffman on Saturday, March 17, 2012

Mar 17

To further enhance communications between states to protect the food supply Datastream, in coordination with the National Center for Food Protection and Defense and the Division of Federal/State Relations at the FDA, are deploying a unique web ecosystem.   The Food Protection Task Force required a web system that would allow for a parent site, and up to 50 state-based sites: one per state.   The goal is to allow task forces to communicate with other task forces, the FDA, and constituents in their state whether in the public or industry.

Datastream has been built a unique ecosystem of sites that allows each state to simply manage their web sites, and created automated plumbing behind the scenes to coordinate data flows as appropriate.   The result is a fluid ecosystem of sites that each maintain their autonomy to satisfy local state needs, yet within a framework that solves the needs of the FDA.

Contact us for more information on how we took a challenge of this proportion and delivered it so users with little to no web experience could manage their state's site.   To further put this infrastructure ahead of the curve: mobile app extensions of these sites are coming soon! 

DSCXN Deploys One Health Talk

// posted by Eric Hoffman on Sunday, February 05, 2012

Feb 05

We are excited to announce another site launch. One Health Talk is a site that supports discussion about the One Health concept, and is directed by the United Nations and supported by the University of Minnesota and Datastream Connexion. A unique challenge to build a site for a global audience!

CoreSHIELD Public Site Launches

// posted by Eric Hoffman on Sunday, January 15, 2012

Jan 15

CoreSHIELD's public FAQ interface has been launched at  CoreSHIELD is a flagship project focused on critical collaboration amongst our nation's critical infrastructures. For the first time, we put a face to the infrastructure with a simple site. We like it, and so we thought we would share. If you are in need of collaboration solutions for your industry groups/companies that really innovate and actually demonstrate return on investment, talk to us.

Datastream to Develop Global Communications Effort for United Nations FAO

// posted by Eric Hoffman on Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Nov 15

We are working closely with the University of Minnesota and the National Center for Food Protection and Defense, in coordination with the United Nations Food & Agriculture Organization along with the World Health Organization to create a new worldwide discussion platform to promote inclusive dialog to bring better health worldwide. This is an exciting effort, stay tuned for launch details!

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