Identification of features for detection and prediction of homelessness from VA clinical documents

Homelessness in general is a major issue in the US today. The risk factors of homelessness are myriad, including inadequate income, lack of affordable housing, mental health and substance abuse issues, lack of social support, and nonadherence to treatment/follow-up appointments. Early identification of these factors from clinical documents may help detect or even predict homelessness cases, allowing adequate intervention and prevention measures.

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June 18, 2019

Utilization of Florida poison control data and Emergency Department chief complaint data to identify clusters of carbon monoxide poisoning

The Florida Department of Health (FDOH) previously monitored Florida Poison Information Center (FPICN) data for timely detection of increases in carbon monoxide (CO) exposures before, during, and after hurricanes. Recent analyses have noted that CO poisonings have also increased with generator use and improper heating of homes during cold winter months in Florida. Similarly, increases in CO poisoning cases related to motor vehicles have been observed during summer months.

June 25, 2019

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