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We sought to evaluate the validity of pneumonia and influenza hospitalizations (PI) data gathered by our biosurveillance system.

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Methicillin resistant staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) is a leading cause of skin and soft tissue infections (SSTI). Until recently, S. aureus pneumonia has been considered primarily a nosocomial infection, and was reported infrequently as a cause of severe community-acquired pneumonia. In recent... Read more

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On December 14th, 2006, a severe windstorm in western Washington caused hundreds of thousands of residents to lose power. On December 15, 2006, there was a surge in emergency department (ED) visits for patients presenting with signs of acute carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning. A Public Health... Read more

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We explored the utility of tracking emergency department (ED) visits for febrile illness as a proxy for influenza surveillance, from both a local and a regional perspective.

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Varied approaches have been used by syndromic surveillance systems for aberration detection. However, the performance of these methods has been evaluated only across a small range of epidemic characteristics.

 

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We conducted a large simulation study to evaluate the... Read more

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On 12/14/06, a windstorm in western Washington caused 4 million residents to lose power; within 24 hours, a surge in patients presented to emergency departments (EDs) with carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning. As previously described, records of all patients presenting to King County EDs with CO... Read more

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One criterion for evaluating the effectiveness of a surveillance system is the system’s positive predictive value. To our knowledge few studies have described the positive predictive value of syndromic surveillance signals for naturally occurring conditions of public health importance.

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As of October 1, 2015, all HIPAA covered entities transition from the use of International Classification of Diseases version 9 (ICD-9-CM) to version 10 (ICD-10-CM/PCS). Many Public Health surveillance entities receive, interpret, analyze, and report ICD-9 encoded data, which will all be... Read more

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Collaborative relationships between academicians and public health practitioners are necessary to ensure that methodologies created in the research setting translate into practice. One barrier to forging these collaborations is restrictions on the sharing and availability of public health... Read more

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On October 1, 2015, the number of ICD codes will expand from 14,000 in version 9 to 68,000 in version 10. The new code set will increase the specificity of reporting, allowing more information to be conveyed in a single code. It is anticipated that the conversion will have a significant impact... Read more

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