Openness, Transparency and Equity in Public Health Surveillance Data Sharing

The outbreaks of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) in 2003, influenza A (H1N1) in 2009 and Ebola in 2014 have shown increasingly that infectious diseases can spread globally in a short timeframe, affecting both high- and low-income countries. Taking action to mitigate the impact of future crises relies on sharing public health surveillance data across national borders in an efficient and effective way.

September 01, 2017

Regional Syndromic Surveillance Data Sharing Workshops: Process and Early Outcomes

Sharing public health (PH) data and practices among PH authorities enhances epidemiological capacities and expands situational awareness at multiple levels. Ease of data sharing through the BioSense application, now part of the National Syndromic Surveillance Program (NSSP), and the increased use of SyS nationwide have provided opportunities for region-level sharing of SyS data. In addition, there is a need to build workforce competence in SyS given powerful new information technology that can improve surveillance system capacities.

September 08, 2017

Sharing Situational Awareness of the 2014-2015 Highly-Pathogenic Avian Influenza Outbreak Across Government

NBIC integrates, analyzes, and shares national biosurveillance information provided from capabilities distributed across public and private sectors. The integration of information enables early warning and shared situational awareness of nationally significant biological events to inform critical decisions directing response and recovery efforts.

September 08, 2017

Mantle: An Open Source Platform for One Health Biosurveillance and Research

The One Health approach suggests that humans, animals, and the environment are closely tied together. Human interaction with wildlife and the environment contributes to increased risk for human, plant, and animal infectious disease outbreaks. Since human, animal, and ecosystem health are linked, interdisciplinary and holistic approaches are needed to prevent future infectious disease outbreaks. Despite the movement towards One Health, the software currently available to manage, analyze, and communicate the vast amount of One Health data is grossly inadequate.

September 11, 2017

Analysis of Alternatives for Combined and/or Collaborative Syndromic Surveillance Within DoD and VA

The Joint Incentive Fund (JIF) Authorization creates innovative DoD/VA sharing initiatives. In 2009, DoD and VA commenced a biosurveillance JIF project whose principle objectives include improved situational awareness of combined VA/ DoD populations 1 and determining the optimal business model allowing both agency biosurveillance programs to operate more efficiently by: 1) consolidating information technology assets; 2) targeting enhanced collaboration for improved public health outcomes; and 3) improving buying power, and return on investment.

August 23, 2017

Developing the Scalable Data Integration for Disease Surveillance (SDIDS) Platform

Electronic data that could be used for global health surveillance are fragmented across diseases, organizations, and countries. This fragmentation frustrates efforts to analyze data and limits the amount of information available to guide disease control actions. In fields such as biology, semantic or knowledge-based methods are used extensively to integrate a wide range of electronically available data sources, thereby rapidly accelerating the pace of data analysis.

August 28, 2017

Regional Syndromic Surveillance Data Sharing Workshops

This report summarize the work of eight Regional Syndromic Surveillance Data Sharing Workshops that were held in Health and Human Services (HHS) Regions 1-7 and 10 from May 2013 through June 2015. The ultimate aim was to reach all ten HHS regions by June 2016.

March 23, 2017

Regional Syndromic Surveillance Data Sharing Workshop: HHS Region 3

A Regional Syndromic Surveillance Data Sharing Workshop was held in Health and Human Services (HHS) Region 3 on June 9-10, 2015 at the offices of the District of Columbia Department of Health. This was the eighth workshop in a series, with the ultimate aim to reach all ten HHS regions.

August 28, 2017

National Syndromic Surveillance Program (NSSP) BioSense Data Sharing Workgroup - Report

This report summarizes a series of Data Sharing Workgroups that occurred in 2014 and 2015.

Purpose of the workgroups: To provide community input on topics related to data sharing functionalities in the BioSense platform.

October 29, 2017

Regional Syndromic Surveillance Data Sharing Workshop: HHS Region 4

A Regional Syndromic Surveillance Data Sharing Workshop was held in Health and Human Services (HHS) Region 4 on May 12-13, 2015 at the Emory University Rollins School of Public Health in Atlanta, GA. This was the seventh workshop in a series, with the ultimate aim to reach all ten HHS regions.

August 28, 2017

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