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We have previously shown that timeliness of detection is influenced both by the data source (e.g., ambulatory vs. emergency department) and demographic characteristics of patient populations (e.g., age). Because epidemic waves are thought to move outward from large cities, patient distance from... Read more

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Respiratory viruses cause substantial morbidity and costly resource utilization among young children, especially during the winter months. Accurate estimates of the impact of these viruses are important in guiding prevention efforts and measuring the impact of public health interventions. ... Read more

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Health care information is a fundamental source of data for biosurveillance, yet configuring EHRs to report relevant data to health departments is technically challenging, labor intensive, and often requires custom solutions for each installation. Public health agencies wishing to deliver alerts... Read more

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Chronic diseases are the leading causes of mortality and morbidity for Americans but public health surveillance for these conditions is limited. Health departments currently use telephone interviews, medical surveys, and death certificates to gather information on chronic diseases but these... Read more

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The use of spatially-based methods and algorithms in epidemiology and surveillance presents privacy challenges for researchers and public health agencies. We describe a novel method for anonymizing individuals in public health datasets, by transposing their spatial locations through a process... Read more

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Hypoglycemia is a serious sequela of diabetes treatment that is not tracked by current health surveillance efforts despite substantial related morbidity and mortality. We take a novel approach to hypoglycemia surveillance, engaging members of an international online diabetes social network in... Read more

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Methods for locating spatial clusters of diseases are typically variations of the circular scan statistic method. They restrict the number of potential clusters by considering all circular, rectangular, or elliptical regions, and then apply a likelihood ratio test to evaluate the statistical... Read more

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Health care information is a fundamental source of data for biosurveillance, configuring electronic health records to report relevant data to health departments is technically challenging, labor intensive, and often requires custom solutions for each installation. Public health agencies wishing... Read more

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This paper describes a modular approach to surveillance system design, ensuring flexibility, scalability and fault tolerance.

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Seasonal influenza epidemics are responsible for over 200,000 hospitalizations in the United States per year, and 39,000 of them are in children. In the United States, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices guides immunization practices, including influenza vaccination, with... Read more

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