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This paper describes the spatial pattern of New York City (NYC) heat-related emergency medical services (EMS) ambulance dispatches and emergency department visits (ED) and explores how this information can be used in planning for and response to heat-related health events.

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Drug-related deaths have increased over the past decade throughout the United States. In New York City (NYC), every year there are approximately 900 psychoactive drug-related fatalities with the majority involving opioids. Unintentional drug overdose is the fourth leading cause of early adult... Read more

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There has been much recent interest in using disease signatures to better recognize disease outbreaks. Conversely, the metrics used to describe these signatures can also be used to better characterize the outbreaks. Recent work at the New York City Department of Health has shown the ability to... Read more

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Syndromic Surveillance has been in use in New York City since 2001, with 2.5 million visits reported from 39 participating emergency departments, covering an estimated 75% of annual visits. As syndromic surveillance becomes increasingly spatial and tied to geography, the resulting spatial... Read more

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The New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (NYC DOHMH) collects data daily from 50 of 61 (82%) emergency departments (EDs) in NYC representing 94% of all ED visits (avg daily visits ~10,000). The information collected includes the date and time of visit, age, sex, home zip code... Read more

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According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) Drug Abuse Warning Network (DAWN) surveillance of drug-related ED visits, underage (B21 years) alcohol-alone visit rates have been increasing since 2004 to 2009 (1). Similarly, the ‘‘alcohol’’ syndrome for... Read more

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A decade ago, the primary objective of syndromic surveillance was bioterrorism and outbreak early event detection (EED. Syndromic systems for EED focused on rapid, automated data collection, processing and statistical anomaly detection of indicators of potential bioterrorism or outbreak events.... Read more

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School closure has long been proposed as a non-pharmaceutical intervention in reducing the transmission of pandemic influenza. Children are thought to have high transmission potential because of their low immunity to circulating influenza viruses and high contact rates. In the wake of pandemic (... Read more

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Public health disease surveillance is defined as the ongoing systematic collection, analysis and interpretation of health data for use in the planning, implementation and evaluation of public health, with the overarching goal of providing information to government and the public to improve... Read more

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Influenza surveillance has been a major focus of Data Science efforts to use novel data sources in population and public health. This interest reflects the public health utility of timely identification of flu outbreaks and characterization of their severity and dynamics. Such information can... Read more

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