Although data plans are an ongoing cost, the size of files generated by the IDSAS is typically <1 kilobyte.
A major challenge in the implementation of the IDSAS was drawing the distinction between the IDSAS as a research project and the national animal disease reporting system of the DAPH.
During the design and early implementation of the IDSAS, concerns around privacy and data security were addressed promptly as they arose.
The IDSAS was developed on the premise that monitoring animal health can provide information for early warning of emerging infectious diseases and changing disease patterns.
Uptake of the IDSAS over its initial 9 months of operation resulted in data generation for [approximately or equal to] 4,000 interactions between field veterinarians and reports on the animal population.
One of the barriers to implementation of the IDSAS in its current form is the cost of hardware and the need for a server administrator.
At this time, the DAPH has decided to incorporate the IDSAS into its ongoing disease surveillance efforts, and the system is being run on 2 parallel servers, 1 at the DAPH and the original server that hosts the IDSAS.
It is hoped that by disseminating the results of this initiative, other governments will tailor the IDSAS to their particular animal health surveillance needs.
The data obtained from the IDSAS offers DAPH stakeholders and field veterinarians a new perspective on disease within the animal population and creates new opportunities for dialogue and mutual understanding.