Acute Flaccid Paralysis Surveillance system Evaluation, Oyo state, Nigeria; 2008-2014

In September, 2015, Nigeria was delisted from the list of polio endemic countries globally. To be certified polio free, the country must attain and maintain certification standard Acute Flaccid Paralysis(AFP) surveillance for additional two-years. In Oyo State, no case of Wild Polio Virus (WPV) has been reported since February, 2009.


We evaluated the AFP surveillance system in Oyo State to assessits attributes and determine if it was meeting its set objectives.

June 20, 2017

Successful implementation of electronic disease reporting in Georgia

The Ministry of Health of Georgia accepted the Electronic Integrated Disease Surveillance System (EIDSS) as an official disease reporting system in 2012. The Georgian government adopted electronic reporting for both veterinary and human diseases in 2015. We conducted a comparative assessment of progress in the implementation of electronic reporting.


August 10, 2017

Improving Cattle Market Syndromic Surveillance Through Electronic Data Capture

An active syndromic surveillance system was designed to collect cattle health information from a sample of Texas cattle market sales. Texas Animal Health Commission livestock inspectors record the total number of animals observed along with the total number displaying clinical signs of interest grouped into body system categories (e.g. respiratory, neurologic, etc.). Inspection reports are submitted to the United States Department of Agriculture Veterinary Services (VS) Risk Identification Team for monitoring. 


July 06, 2017

Collecting Infectious Disease Data from LARS and Improving Data Quality in Taiwan

To immediately monitor disease outbreaks, the application of laboratory-based surveillance is more popular in recent years. Taiwan Centers for Disease Control (TCDC) has developed LARS to collect the laboratory-confirmed cases caused by any of 20 pathogens daily via automated submitting of reports from hospital laboratory information system (LIS) to LARS since 2014 [1]. LOINC is used as standardized format for messaging inspection data [1, 2]. There are 37 hospitals have joined LARS, coverage rate about 59% of all hospitals in Taiwan.

August 15, 2017

Data quality visualization for aggregate surveillance data with application to now-casting

This webinar will present a set of tools developed for visualizing data quality problems in aggregate surveillance data, in particular for data which accrues over a period of time. This work is based on a data quality analysis of aggregate data used for ILI surveillance within the Distribute system formerly operated by the ISDS. We will present a method developed as a result of this analysis to ‘nowcast’ complete data from incomplete, partially accruing data, as an example of how forecasting methods can be used to mitigate data quality problems.


March 13, 2017

An Open Source Quality Assurance Tool for HL7 v2 Syndromic Surveillance Messages

The CMS EHR Incentive Programs include a measure for meaningful use of EHR systems for submitting syndromic surveillance messages to public health. The Stage 2 measure defines the standard for transmission to be HL7 v2.5.1 Admit/Discharge/Transfer messages according to the PHIN Messaging Guide for Syndromic Surveillance and Conformance Clarification for EHR Certification of Electronic Syndromic Surveillance, Addendum to PHIN Messaging Guide for Syndrome Surveillance. The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) provides an online testing tool for validating messages.

August 22, 2017

An R Script for Assessment of Data Quality in the BioSense Locker Database

Syndromic surveillance requires reliable, accurate, and complete healthcare encounter data to assess patterns of illness and respond to public health events. Illinois implemented syndromic surveillance statewide in response to Meaningful Use reporting objectives. To address the need for continuous, automated assessment following initial on-boarding of facility Emergency Department data, we developed an R script to assess the quality of data in the private BioSense locker database.

August 23, 2017

Analysis of ED and UCC Visits Related to Synthetic Marijuana in ESSENCE-FL, 2010-2015

Illnesses related to synthetic marijuana use have been reported in many states, including Florida. Because these visits can present with a variety of symptoms, as well as be attributed to numerous diagnosis codes, it can be difficult to identify and quantify these visits. The Electronic Surveillance System for the Early Notification of Community-based Epidemics in Florida (ESSENCE-FL) receives chief complaint (CC) and discharge diagnosis (DD) data as free text allowing uncommon or new terms to be searched for within each patient visit.

August 23, 2017

Better, Stronger, Faster: Why Add Fields to Syndromic Surveillance? New Jersey, 2015

In New Jersey, real-time emergency department (ED) data are currently received from EDs by Health Monitoring Systems Inc.’s (HMS) EpiCenter, which collects, manages and analyzes ED registration data for syndromic surveillance, and provides alerts to state and local health departments for surveillance anomalies.

August 23, 2017

Enhancing EpiCenter Data Quality Analytics with R

The EpiCenter syndromic surveillance platform currently uses Java libraries for time series analysis. Expanding the data quality capabilities of EpiCenter requires new analysis methods. While the Java ecosystem has a number of resources for general software engineering, it has lagged behind on numerical tools. As a result, including additional analytics requires implementing the methods de novo.

August 29, 2017


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