Effect of the Work Week on Demographics of Heat-Related Illness Patients in Syndromic Surveillance

As global temperatures increase, so too does interest in the effect of climate change on the population’s health. 2016 represented the hottest year on record globally and well above the 20th century average in Virginia. With large-scale climate change comes an increase in severe weather patterns, including heat waves. Heat waves can have immense health impacts on a community, including heat stroke, heat exhaustion, and dehydration.

January 25, 2018

Use of Diagnosis Code in Mental Health Syndrome Definition

Between 2006 and 2013, the rate of emergency department (ED) visits related to mental and substance use disorders increased substantially. This increase was higher for mental disorders visits (55 percent for depression, anxiety or stress reactions and 52 percent for psychoses or bipolar disorders) than for substance use disorders (37 percent) visits. This increasing number of ED visits by patients with mental disorders indicates a growing burden on the health-care delivery system.

January 19, 2018

Enhancing Epidemic Detection Using Syndromic Surveillance and Early Notification Methods

Early Notification Detection Systems have taken a critical role in providing early notice of disease outbreaks. To improve the detection methods for disease outbreaks, many detection methods have been created and implemented. However, there is limited information on the effectively of syndromic surveillance in Thailand. Knowing the performance, strengths and weakness of these surveillance systems in providing early warning for outbreaks will increase disease outbreak detection capacity in Thailand.

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January 21, 2018

Updates to the Implementation Guide for Syndromic Surveillance

In 2011, the CDC released the PHIN Implementation Guide (IG) for Syndromic Surveillance v.1 under the Public Health Information Network. In the intervening years, new technological advancements, EHR capabilities as well as epidemiological and Meaningful Use requirements have led to the periodic update and revision of the IG through informal and semi-structured solicitation and collection of comments from across public health, governmental, academic, and EHR vendor stakeholders.

January 25, 2018

Investigating Other Syndrome in ESSENCE from a Data Quality Perspective

The Louisiana Office of Public Health (OPH) Infectious Disease Epidemiology Section (IDEpi) conducts syndromic surveillance of Emergency Department (ED) visits through the Louisiana Early Event Detection System (LEEDS) and submits the collected data to ESSENCE. There are currently 86 syndromes defined in LEEDS including infectious disease, injury and environmental exposure syndromes, among others. LEEDS uses chief complaint, admit reason, and/or diagnosis fields to tag visits to relevant syndromes.

January 25, 2018

Syndromic Surveillance Analysis & Interpretation

Presented January 31, 2018

 

David Swenson presented the following slides during the 2018 ISDS Annual Conference in Orlando, Florida. This presentation provides a use case for developing and implementing surveillance prodocols to conduct public health monitoring, analyze data collected, and engage partners/leadership in follow-up procedures.

 

Presenter: David Swenson, AHEDD Project Manager, Infectious Disease Surveillance Section DPHS, DHHS, New Hampshire

January 26, 2019

A provincial Acute Febrile Illness Surveillance Network (GAFINet), South Korea

In May 2015, the MERS-CoV outbreaks in South Korea was sparkled from a hospital of Gyeonggi-do province. In response to this outbreak, the provincial government and infectious disease control center (GIDCC) initiated an emergency department (ED) based Gyeonggi-do provincial acute febrile illness (AFI) surveillance network (GAFINet) to monitor for a subsequent outbreak of emerging or imported infectious diseases since September 2016. Gyeonggi-do province is located in the North-West of South Korea, surrounds the capital city Seoul, and borders North Korea (Figure 1).

January 19, 2018

Syndromic surveillance in religious festival involving circumambulation in India

Panchkroshi yatra is an annual ritual of circumambulation (yatra) of temples (Mahadevs) and 100,000 devotees walk for around 15 miles per day for six days and cover a total of 73 miles to worship important Mahadevs. The festival is held every year at the city of Ujjain, Madhya Pradesh, Central India. The yatra attracts large number of pilgrims especially from rural areas and usually women outnumber men. During the yatra, the pilgrims halt at several places and prepare their food in outdoors.

January 21, 2018

HL7 balloting process for the Implementation Guide for Syndromic Surveillance

Syndromic surveillance seeks to systematically leverage health-related data in near "real-time" to understand the health of communities at the local, state, and federal level. The product of this process provides statistical insight on disease trends and healthcare utilization behaviors at the community level which can be used to support essential surveillance functions in governmental public health authorities (PHAs).

January 25, 2018

Creation of a Technical Tool to Improve Syndromic Surveillance Onboarding in Tennessee

Syndromic surveillance is commonly supported by information generated from electronic health record (EHR) systems and sent to public health via standardized messaging. Before public health can receive syndromic surveillance information from an EHR, a healthcare provider must demonstrate reliable and timely generation of messages according to national standards. This process is known as onboarding. Onboarding at the Tennessee Department of Health (TDH) focused heavily on human review of HL7 messages.

January 25, 2018

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