CaseFinder: A Flexible Real-time Online Surveillance Registry for Infectious Disease Physicians to Report Cases of Carbapenem-resistant Enterobactericeae (CRE)

The Infectious Disease Society of America’s Emerging Infections Network (EIN) is a sentinel network of over 1,200 practicing infectious disease physicians, supported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). In January 2012, the EIN listserv fielded a member inquiry about treatment recommendations for a complicated polymicrobial wound infection in a traveler returning to the United States from India. The posting led to a member-to-member communication that resulted in shipment of clinical microbiology isolates from one member’s hospital to another’s research laboratory.

May 21, 2018

Who Should We Be Listening to? Applying Models of User Authority to Detecting Emerging Topics on the EIN

Emerging event detection is the process of automatically identifying novel and emerging ideas from text with minimal human intervention. With the rise of social networks like Twitter, topic detection has begun leveraging measures of user influence to identify emerging events. Twitter's highly skewed follower/followee structure lends itself to an intuitive model of influence, yet in a context like the Emerging Infections Network (EIN), a sentinel surveillance listserv of over 1400 infectious disease experts, developing a useful model of authority becomes less clear.

May 02, 2019

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