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

Surveillance for Mass Gatherings: NCAA Final Four 2017 in Maricopa County, Arizona

Final Four-associated events culminated in four days of intense activity from March 31st through April 3rd, and added an estimated 400,000 visitors to Maricopa County's 4.2 million residents.

Objective:

To describe and present results for the enhanced epidemiologic surveillance system established during the 2017 National Collegiate Athletic Association Division I Men’s College Basketball Championship (Final Four) events.

January 21, 2018

Template Memorandum of Understanding for IIS Interjurisdictional Exchange

This document, issued on March 7, 2016, provides a template for a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for secure, electronic exchange of immunization information among governmental entities that operate a population-based Immunization Information System (IIS). It suggests terms and conditions that might be included in an MOU. However, laws that govern IIS vary among jurisdictions and modification may be needed to address specific laws.

August 28, 2018

Automated Information Integration from Heterogeneous Data Sources: A Semantic Web Approach

Integration of information from multiple disparate and heterogeneous sources is a labor and resource intensive task. Heterogeneity can come about in the way data is represented or in the meaning of data in different contexts. Semantic Web technologies have been proposed to address both representational and semantic heterogeneity in distributed and collaborative environments. We introduce an automated semantic information integration platform for public health surveillance using RDF and the Simple Knowledge Organization Standard developed by the Semantic Web community.

 

July 30, 2018

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