Application of tablet for data collection in HIV sentinel surveillance in Vietnam

Vietnam has routinely monitored HIV sero-prevalence among key populations through its HIV sentinel surveillance system (HSS). In 2010, this system was updated to include a behavioral component (HSS+) among people who inject drugs, female sex workers, and men who have sex with men. HSS+ has historically used a paper-based questionnaire for data collection. At the end of the survey, provincial data were manually entered into computers using EpiData Entry forms ( and submitted to the Vietnam Authority of HIV/AIDS Control (VAAC).

January 21, 2018

Justification for Collecting Urgent Care Data to Broaden Syndromic Surveillance

While UC does not have a standard definition, it can generally be described as the delivery of ambulatory medical care outside of a hospital emergency department (ED) on a walk-in basis, without a scheduled appointment, available at extended hours, and providing an array of services comparable to typical primary care offices. UC facilities represent a growing sector of the United States healthcare industry, doubling in size between 2008 and 2011. The Urgent Care Association of America (UCAOA) estimates that UC facilities had 160 million patient encounters in 2013.

January 19, 2018

Overview of "Measure 3 - Case Reporting" as part of Meaningful Use Stage 3

Presentation slides from April 10, 2016 Meaningful Use Community Call


October 31, 2017

Notes on MU Stage 3 NPRM Informatics

Notes on Meaningful Use stage 3 Notice of Public Rule Making, provided by Bryant Thomas Karras

October 25, 2017

Syndromic Surveillance Practice in the United States 2014: Results from a Nationwide Survey

Spurred by recent advances in PH informatics, the implementation of the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Records Incentive Programs (Meaningful Use), and the opportunities provided by the availability of the redesigned BioSense program, SyS has become an increasingly important component of the biosurveillance enterprise. Knowing how and when jurisdictions use SyS, as well as challenges faced, allows ISDS, ASTHO, CDC, and other partners to provide relevant CBA – information transfer, training, and technical assistance – to further biosurveillance practice.

December 06, 2017

Electronic Disease Surveillance System (EDSS) Vendor Analysis

Public health agencies have to work with a several disparate systems, a lack of robust reporting capabilities, and a lack of standardized surveillance, along with inherent funding challenges. The purpose of this analysis is to help state and local health departments explore the potential of available surveillance systems to meet their needs, framing the landscape of the EDSS world so that they can make informed surveillance IT decisions. The analysis represents a point-in-time snapshot of the functionality of these systems.

October 23, 2017

Processing of Novel Electronic Health Data to Support Public Health Surveillance

Accurately gauging the health status of a population during an event of public health significance (e.g. hurricanes, H1N1 2009 pandemic) in support of emergency response and situation awareness efforts can be a challenge for established public health surveillance systems in terms of geographic and population coverage as well as the appropriateness of health indicators.

May 21, 2018

The Organizational Structures and Human Resources Allocation of Infectious Disease Surveillance System in Rural China

To meet the long-term needs of public health and social development of China, it is in urgency to establish a comprehensive response system and crisis management mechanism for public health emergencies. Syndromic surveillance system has great advantages in promoting early detection of epidemics and reducing the burden of disease outbreak confirmation. The effective method to set up the syndromic surveillance system is to modify existing case report system, improve the organizational structures and integrate new function with the traditional system.


June 25, 2018

Data Collection, Management and Surveillance: Using Smartphones in Smart Ways

This presentation will focus on health managment information systems (HMIS) and surveillance activities in resource limited settings. The presenters will discuss how systems could be enhanced using smart phones or other innovative technologies and provide examples of ongoing applications in the field.


Marion McNabb, MPH, DrPh Candidate, Program Manager, DGAP, Center for Global Health and Development, Boston University School of Public Health

October 19, 2017

SAGES: a suite of freely available software tools for electronic disease surveillance in resource-limited settings

Emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases are a serious threat to global public health. The World Health Organization (WHO) has identified more than 1100 epidemic events worldwide in the last 5 years alone. Recently, the emergence of the novel 2009 influenza A (H1N1) virus and the SARS coronavirus has demonstrated how rapidly pathogens can spread worldwide. This infectious disease threat, combined with a concern over man-made biological or chemical events, spurred WHO to update their International Health Regulations (IHR) in 2005.

June 24, 2019


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