TRACnet: A National Phone-based and Web-based Tool for the Timely Integrated Disease Surveillance and Response in Rwanda

In Rwanda, communicable diseases are the mostly predominant representing 90% of all reported medical consultations in health centers. The country has often faced epidemics including emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases. To enhance its preparedness to identify and respond to outbreaks and prevent epidemics, the Government of Rwanda has developed and deployed an electronic Integrated Disease Surveillance and Response (eIDSR) working with Voxiva with funding from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention(CDC).


August 22, 2018

A systematic approach to building and sustaining a regional and local biosurveillance community of practice

Although the advent of the ONCs "meaningful use" criteria has added significant new incentives for healthcare organizations to provide the necessary data for implementing syndromic surveillance, incentives alone are not sufficient to sustain a robust community of practice that engages public health and healthcare practitioners working together to fully achieve meaningful use objectives. The process for building a successful community of practice around syndromic surveillance is primarily application-agnostic.

May 02, 2019

Building Meaningful Use Reporting Infrastructure In NH Through Partnerships

Under the Electronic Health Record Incentive Program Rule, hospitals are eligible to receive incentive payments from the Centers of Medicare and Medicaid Services provided they meet certain requirements including Meaningful Use (MU). Demonstrating MU requires meeting a core and menu set of objectives including the capability to submit electronic syndromic surveillance, Electronic Lab Reporting (ELR), and immunization data in accordance with state law and practice. NH is building a NH Heath Information Exchange to serve all NH's MU needs including those of public health.

May 02, 2019

The Implementation of an Outbreak Management Solution in New York State

Most outbreaks are small and localized in nature, although it is larger outbreaks that result in the most public attention. So a solution to manage an outbreak has to be able to accommodate a response to small outbreaks in a single jurisdiction scalable up to outbreaks that involve thousands of cases across multiple jurisdictions and to handle different types of situations with different questions and response required.

May 02, 2019

Rapid ad-hoc cross-jurisdictional sharing of syndrome data using Distribute technology

Cross-jurisdictional sharing of public health syndrome data is useful for many reasons, among them to provide a larger regional or national view of activity and to determine if unusual activity observed in one jurisdiction is atypical. Considerable barriers to sharing of public health data exist, including maintaining control of potentially sensitive data and having informatics systems available to take and view data.

May 02, 2019

S&I Public Health Reporting Initiative- Building the Future of Harmonized Biosurveillance Systems

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) initiated a broad range of national implementation activities. In order to support the critical activities of meaningful use (MU), ONC established the S&I Framework. In the beginning of 2011 the Laboratory Reporting Interface (LRI) Public Health (PH) Work Group (WG) was formed as a subworking group of the S&I Framework LRI activity. This LRI PH WG, besides providing PH required data elements to the LRI, assessed a need for assessment of the broad landscape of public health laboratory data exchange transactions.

May 02, 2019

Smart homes and novel indicators to inform an evidence-based population health intervention for aging in place and design of a community health registry

The critical need for population-level interventions to support the health needs of the growing population of older adults is widely recognized1. In addition, there is a need for novel indicators to monitor wellness as a resource for living and a means for prediction and prevention of changes in community health status2. Smart homes, defined as residential infrastructure equipped with technology features that enable passive monitoring of residents to proactively support wellness, have the potential to support older adults for independence at the residence of their choice.

May 02, 2019

Ten Years of Syndromic Surveillance in New Hampshire: Innovation, Experience and Outcomes

In response to the terrorist attack of September 11, 2001, the NH Department of Health and Human Services (NH DHHS) engaged state and external partners in the design of an early warning surveillance system to support bioterrorism and emergency preparedness. Initially, NH DHHS began collecting four syndrome counts from thirteen hospital Emergency Departments (ED) by fax. Automation began in 2002, when an over the counter (OTC) syndromic surveillance pilot system was implemented by Scientific Technologies Corporation (STC).

May 02, 2019

Linking Informatics and Cross-Programmatic Public Health Strategic Objectives

There is national recognition of the need for cross-programmatic data and system coordination and integration for surveillance, prevention, response, and control implementation. To accomplish this public health must develop an informatics competency and create an achievable roadmap, supported by performance measures, for the future.

May 02, 2019

Mobile Technology Systems for Surveillance in Low Resource Settings

Mobile technology provides opportunities to monitor and improve health in areas of the world where resources are scarce. Poor infrastructure and the lack of access to medical services for millions have led to increased usage of mobile technology for health related purposes in recent years. As adoption has increased, so has its acceptance as a viable technology for health data collection.

May 02, 2019


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