Using influenza rapid test positivity as an early indicator for the onset of seasonal influenza

Influenza causes significant morbidity and mortality, with attendant costs of roughly $10 billion for treatment and up to $77 billion in indirect costs annually. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention conducts annual influenza surveillance, and includes measures of inpatient and outpatient influenza-related activity, disease severity, and geographic spread. However, inherent lags in the current methods used for data collection and transmission result in a one to two weeks delay in notification of an outbreak via the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s website. Early notific

June 27, 2019

Virtual public health informatics training: development and delivery of an online public health informatics course

Public health informatics is an emerging interdisciplinary field that uses information technology and informatics methods to meet public health goals. To achieve these goals, education and training of a new generation of public health informaticians is one of the essential components. AMIA0 s 10 ! 10 program aims to realize the goal of training 10,000 health care professionals in applied health and medical informatics by the year 2010.1 The Department of Biomedical Informatics of the University of Utah was established in 1964.

June 27, 2019

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