Lessons Learned from an Extreme Heat Event using ACES for Situational Awareness, Ontario, Canada

The Acute Care Enhanced Surveillance (ACES) system provides syndromic surveillance for Ontario's acute care hospitals. ACES receives over 99% of acute care records for emergency department (ED) visits; mean daily volume is 17,500 visits.

June 18, 2019

Real-Time Surveillance of Environmental and Demographic Data in Ontario with PHIMS

Geographic Information System (GIS) applications are increasingly being used for public health purposes. GIS technology provides visual tools – through the creation of computerized maps, graphs, and tables of geographic data – that can assist with problem solving and inform decision-making. PHIMS aims to enable visualization and spatial analysis of environmental data with underlying population based indicators.

September 08, 2017

Facilitating the Sharing of Patient Information Between Health Care Providers

In the current state of the health care system there is uneven access to primary care, and too many people struggling to navigate the system are receiving care in the hospital for issues that would be better dealt with in the community, and then are being readmitted to the hospital only days after leaving. To address these issues and improve efficient continuity of care, the Health Links program provides a new model of care at the clinical level in Ontario.

September 11, 2017

Surveillance Systems that Include Deprivation Indices & Social Determinants of Health

In 2012, Canada and other World Health Organization Member States endorsed the Rio Political Declaration on Social Determinants of Health, a global commitment to address health inequities by acting on the social, economic, environmental, and other factors that shape health. The Public Health Informatics team at KFL&A Public Health works on various surveillance projects to better support vulnerable populations, and prepare for emergency situations.

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September 19, 2017

Tracking Trends in Marginalization and Deprivation Across Ontario with SDOH Mapper

Geographic Information System (GIS) technology provides visual tools, through the creation of computerized maps, graphs, and tables of geographic data, which can assist with problem solving and inform decision-making. One of the GIS tools being developed by KFL&A Public Health is the Social Determinants of Health (SDOH) Mapper. The SDOH Mapper consists of layers of information related to deprivation and marginalization indices across Ontario.

September 20, 2017

Using Health Helpline Mediated Self-Swabbing as a Surveillance Tool for Influenza

Currently, three main sources of data are used to monitor the prevalence of influenza in Ontario: Public Health Agency of Canada’s (PHAC) FluWatch, Ontario’s Acute Care Enhanced Surveillance (ACES) data and Public Health Ontario’s (PHO) traditional laboratory data. However, a limitation of these data sources is that it typically underestimates the burden of infection in populations living in remote communities and/or populations with less severe symptoms.

September 20, 2017

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