Update from CDC's Public Health Surveillance & Informatics Program Office (PHSIPO)

The practice of public health surveillance is evolving as electronic health records (EHRs) and automated laboratory information systems are increasing adopted, as new approaches for health information exchange are employed, and as new health information standards affect the entire cascade of surveillance information flow. These trends have been accelerated by the Federal program to promote the Meaningful Use of electronic health records, which includes explicit population health objectives.

July 05, 2018

Use of BioSense for Rapid Assessment of the Safety of Medical Countermeasures

BioSense is a national human health surveillance system for disease detection, monitoring, and situation awareness through near realtime access to existing electronic healthcare encounter information, including information from hospital emergency departments (EDs). MCM include antibiotics, antivirals, antidotes, antitoxins, vaccinations, nuclide-binding agents, and other medications. Although some MCM have been extensively evaluated and have FDA approval, many do not (1).

July 06, 2018

Use of Syndromic Data to Determine Oral Health Visit Burden on Emergency Departments

Concern over oral health-related ED visits stems from the increasing number of unemployed and uninsured, the cost burden of these visits, and the unavailability of indicated dental care in EDs [1]. Of particular interest to NC state public health planners are Medicaid-covered visits. Syndromic data in biosurveillance systems offer a means to quantify these visits overall and by county and age group.

Objective

July 06, 2018

R Training for BioSense 2.0

The topics covered in this training include an introduction to the R statistical package, downloading and installation of R, data management including importing datasets, generating data subsets, adding new variables, how to generate descriptive statistics, and basic box plots, histograms and scatter plots. The training also includes a demonstration of using R with BioSense 2.0 data in a real example of a public health issue.

October 31, 2017

Utilization of ESSENCE in the Cloud for Enhanced Surveillance during the 2012 NATO Summit

Electronic public health surveillance serves an especially important function during mass events. Megan Patel, from the Cook County Department of Public Health (CCDPH), will discuss the use of the cloud-based ESSENCE system for situational awareness during the 2012 NATO Summit in Chicago, IL. This webinar will highlight improved functionality obtained via the cloud-based version of ESSENCE, as well as provide a real-life example of utilization.

The webinar will cover:

May 15, 2019

Discovering the New Frontier of Syndromic Surveillance (Pt 3): A Meaningful Use Dialogue on the BioSense Implementation

This webinar is part of the Meaningful Use Webinar Series entitled "Discovering the New Frontier of Syndromic Surveillance: A Meaningful Use Dialogue"

Presenters

Taha Kass-Hout, MD, MS, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Date and Time

Monday, March 19, 2012

September 30, 2017

Public Health Surveillance in the Internet Cloud: The BioSense 2.0 Experience

Presented February 9, 2012
Webinar Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM EST

May 15, 2019

Post-disaster Surveillance Following the Tsunami in Japan: BioSense 2011

The CDC's BioSense Program receives near real-time health care utilization data from a number of sources, including Department of Defense (DoD) healthcare facilities from around the globe and non-federal hospital emergency departments (EDs) in the US, to support all-hazards surveillance and situation awareness.

May 02, 2019

Unstructured Free-text Data and Meaningful Use

In 2010, as rules for the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Electronic Heatlh Record (EHR) Incentive Programs (Meaningful Use)(1), were finalized, ISDS became aware of a trend towards new EHR systems capturing or sending emergency department (ED) chief complaint (CC) data as structured variables without including the free-text. This perceived shift in technology was occurring in the absence of consensus-based technical requirements for syndromic surveillance and survey data on the value of free-text CC to public health practice.

May 02, 2019

BioSense program redesign

The BioSense program’s mission is to support and improve public health surveillance infrastructure and human capacity required to monitor (with minimal lag) critical population health indicators of the scope and severity of acute health threats to the public health; and support national, state, and local responses to those threats.

June 18, 2019

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The National Syndromic Surveillance Program (NSSP) is a collaboration among states and public health jurisdictions that contribute data to the BioSense Platform, public health practitioners who use local syndromic surveillance systems, Center for Disease Control and Prevention programs, other federal agencies, partner organizations, hospitals, healthcare professionals, and academic institutions.

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