The Role of Applied Epidemiology Methods in the Disaster Management Cycle

Disaster epidemiology (i.e., applied epidemiology in disaster settings) presents a source of reliable and actionable information for decision-makers and stakeholders in the disaster management cycle. However, epidemiological methods have yet to be routinely integrated into disaster response and fully communicated to response leaders.

September 06, 2017

Documenting the Missed Opportunity Period for Influenza Vaccination in Office-based Settings

Missed opportunities for influenza vaccination in office-based settings occur when patients (who are inclined to accept influenza vaccination if a provider recommends it) remain unvaccinated after a fall/winter healthcare visit. Healthcare providers can be very influential in encouraging patients to obtain influenza vaccination, but little is known in real-time during annual campaigns of how many and what type of providers are actually giving vaccinations in office settings.

October 05, 2017

Preparing for ILINet 2.0

A Neolithic transformation is underway in public health, where the ubiquity of digital healthcare (HC) data is changing public health’s traditional role as data hunter-gatherers to one of data farmers harvesting huge reserves of electronic data. ILINet 1.0 is the current U.S. outpatient ILI surveillance network dependent on ~2000 volunteer sentinel providers recruited by States to report syndromic ILI.

November 17, 2017

Using Big Healthcare Data to Supplement Chikungunya Surveillance in the U.S.

Chikungunya virus disease (CHIK) is a mosquito-borne viral infection currently widespread in the Caribbean with the potential for emergence and endemicity in the U.S. via infected travelers and local mosquito vectors. CHIK disease can be severe and disabling with symptoms similar to dengue. CHIK is not a U.S. nationally notifiable disease and tracking travel-associated and locally acquired cases is currently dependent on voluntary reporting via ArboNET.

December 20, 2017

Using Big Healthcare Data for ILI Situational Awareness in Georgia

The 2012 National Strategy for Biosurveillance (BSV) recognizes that a well-integrated national BSV enterprise must provide essential information for better decision making at all levels. Submitting an electronic bill following HC services is the most mature and widely used form of eHealth. HIPAA-compliant eHRCs captured in e-commerce can be consolidated into big HC data centers and used for many purposes including BSV. eHRCs are standardized and each claim contains pertinent person, place, and time information that can be leveraged for BSV.

May 02, 2019

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