Analysis of Emergency Department Visits for Motor Vehicle Injuries in Utah, 2016

Motor vehicle injury is the leading cause of death in injury category in the United States. In 2016, motor vehicle crashes were one of the main causes of death resulting from injury (8.8 per 100,000 population) in Utah. Motor vehicle crashes can lead to physical and economic consequences that impact the lives of individuals and their families. In addition, the treatment of injuries places an enormous burden on hospital Emergency Departments (EDs).

June 18, 2019

Using Syndromic Data for Opioid Overdose Surveillance in Utah

The current surveillance system for opioid-related overdoses at UDOH has been limited to mortality data provided by the Office of the Medical Examiner (OME). Timeliness is a major concern with OME data due to the considerable lag in its availability, often up to six months or more. To enhance opioid overdose surveillance, UDOH has implemented additional surveillance using timely syndromic data to monitor fatal and nonfatal opioid-related overdoses in Utah.

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January 21, 2018

Population-based, pathogen-specific surveillance in Utah

Epidemiological information realized by modern disease surveillance systems offers great potential for supporting clinical decision-making. Providing health practitioners with population-based, pathogen-specific information about regional communicable infectious disease epidemiology can engender enhanced knowledge about specific pathogens, which may, in turn, lead to improved clinical performance.

June 21, 2019

Prospective space-time analysis of the 2007 cryptosporidiosis outbreak, Salt Lake County, Utah

Cryptosporidiosis is a gastrointestinal illness due to a protozoan parasite that is highly contagious, and resistant to multiple disinfectants. Utah experienced a large, community-wide outbreak of cryptosporidiosis between June and December of 2007. During this time period, the Utah Department of Health received reports of 1,902 laboratory confirmed cryptosporidiosis cases across the state.2 Nearly 40% of these cases occurred in Salt Lake County (SL County), Utah.

June 21, 2019

Real-time surveillance of influenza/pneumonia deaths: new strategies using grid computing and natural language processing

Surveillance of deaths due to influenza and pneumonia using death records has the potential to be a relatively inexpensive and quick approach to tracking and detecting influenza and respiratory illness outbreaks; however, presently such a system does not exist because of the time delays in processing death records: in Utah, as is similar elsewhere in the United States, coded death certificate data are typically not available for at least 1–3 months after the date of death, and coded national vital statistics data are not available until after 2–3 years.

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June 25, 2019

Virtual public health informatics training: development and delivery of an online public health informatics course

Public health informatics is an emerging interdisciplinary field that uses information technology and informatics methods to meet public health goals. To achieve these goals, education and training of a new generation of public health informaticians is one of the essential components. AMIA0 s 10 ! 10 program aims to realize the goal of training 10,000 health care professionals in applied health and medical informatics by the year 2010.1 The Department of Biomedical Informatics of the University of Utah was established in 1964.

June 27, 2019

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