Use of Earth Observation Data within Syndromic Surveillance Systems - August 2020 CSTE Disaster Epidemiology Subcommittee

On Wednesday, August 19, 2020, CSTE's Disaster Epidemiology Subcommittee hosted its monthly subcommittee call with a presentation on the use of earth observation data within syndromic surveillance systems. Call information and resources have been included below.

September 24, 2020

Making Syndromic Surveillance Relevant and Valuable for Emergency Managers

Intense stress can severely degrade one's ability to process and utilize new kinds of information.1 This psychological phenomena may partially explain why epidemiologist are challenged to communicate and establish the value of SyS information with emergency management professionals (EMPs). Despite the timely and useful insights that SyS data and methods can provide, it is very difficult to convey what these data are when EMPs and epidemiologists are working to make intense, highly-scrutinized and high-consequence emergency decisions.

June 18, 2019

Keyword Surveillance and the Development of Evolving Reporting in Austin, Texas

Austin Public Health creates a variety of syndromic surveillance reports for events throughout the Austin, Texas metropolitan area. These events range from responses to major disasters such as the 2017 Hurricane Harvey sheltering to ongoing special event monitoring such as University of Texas football games and the Austin City Limits music festival.

June 18, 2019

Monitoring Out-of-State Patients during a 2017 Hurricane Response using ESSENCE

Syndromic surveillance is the monitoring of symptom combinations (i.e., syndromes) or other indicators within a population to inform public health actions. The Tennessee Department of Health (TDH) collects emergency department (ED) data from more than 70 hospitals across Tennessee to support statewide syndromic surveillance activities. Hospitals in Tennessee typically provide data within 48 hours of a patient encounter.

January 19, 2018

Conducting operational research during outbreaks to improve preparedness and response

Each significant outbreak and epidemic raises questions that must be answered in order to better inform future preparedness and response efforts, such as:

January 25, 2018

Developing Semantically Interoperable PH Emergency Preparedness Data Exchange

Effective prevention, detection, and rapid response to PH emergencies rely on sufficient and timely delivered information. PH EOC data flows are based on critical information requirements, addressing needs of EOC staff for timely delivered analytical products that provide situational awareness, event-specific data, event investigation tools, resource management etc1.

January 25, 2018

Syndromic Surveillance and Public Health Emergency Preparedness, Response and Recovery (SPHERR) Committee Meeting Recordings and Materials

The Syndromic Surveillance and Public Health Emergency Preparedness, Response and Recovery (SPHERR) Committee helps syndromic surveillance and public health preparedness professionals fully integrate syndromic surveillance data and information into preparedness and emergency response and provides access to a national peer network for ad hoc support or collaborations during incidents and events of national interest (e.g., extreme weather events, and mass gatherings).

October 18, 2018

Improving ILI Surveillance using Hospital Staff Influenza-like Absence (ILA)

Surveillance of influenza in the US, UK and other countries is based primarily on measures of influenza-like illness (ILI), through a combination of syndromic surveillance systems, however, this method may not capture the full spectrum of illness or the total burden of disease. Care seeking behaviour may change due to public beliefs, for example more people in the UK sought care for pH1N1 in the summer of 2009 than the winters of 2009/2010 and 2010/2011, resulting in potential inaccurate estimates from ILI.

May 17, 2018

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

National Collaborative for Bio-Preparedness

The National Collaborative for Bio-Preparedness (NCB-Prepared) was established in 2010 to create a biosurveillance resource to enhance situational awareness and emergency preparedness. This jointinstitutional effort has drawn on expertise from the University of North Carolina- Chapel Hill, North Carolina State University, and SAS Institute, leveraging North Carolina’s role as a leader in syndromic surveillance, technology development and health data standards. As an unprecedented public/private alliance, they bring the flexibility of the private sector to support the public sector.

June 25, 2018

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