A Value-Driven Framework For The Evaluation Of Biosurveillance Systems

Evaluation and strengthening of biosurveillance systems is acomplex process that involves sequential decision steps, numerous stakeholders, and requires accommodating multiple and conflicting objectives. Biosurveillance evaluation, the initiating step towards biosurveillance strengthening, is a multi-dimensional decision problem that can be properly addressed via multi-criteria-decision models.Existing evaluation frameworks tend to focus on “hard” technical attributes (e.g. sensitivity) while ignoring other “soft” criteria (e.g. transparency) of difficult measurement and aggregation.

June 20, 2017

Cross-Disciplinary Consultancy to Enhance Predictions of Asthma Exacerbation Risk in Boston

This paper continues an initiative conducted by the International Society for Disease Surveillance with funding from the Defense Threat Reduction Agency to connect near-term analytical needs of public health practice with technical expertise from the global research community.  The goal is to enhance investigation capabilities of day-to-day population health monitors.

March 24, 2017

Regional Syndromic Surveillance Data Sharing Workshops: Process and Early Outcomes

Sharing public health (PH) data and practices among PH authorities enhances epidemiological capacities and expands situational awareness at multiple levels. Ease of data sharing through the BioSense application, now part of the National Syndromic Surveillance Program (NSSP), and the increased use of SyS nationwide have provided opportunities for region-level sharing of SyS data. In addition, there is a need to build workforce competence in SyS given powerful new information technology that can improve surveillance system capacities.

September 08, 2017

Is There a Need for One Health Surveillance (OHS)?

As interest in One Health (OH) continues to grow, alternative surveillance infrastructure may be needed to support it. Since most population health surveillance is domain specific; as opposed to OH which crosses multiple domains, changes to surveillance infrastructure may be required to optimize OH practice. For change to occur there must be a strong motivation that propagates from a perceived need.

October 10, 2017

Knowledge Management Tools for the ISDS Community of Practice

Knowledge Management is defined as “the process of capturing, distributing, and effectively using knowledge.” ISDS members have varying degrees of experience with public health surveillance and syndromic surveillance specifically, and will all benefit from more structured access to documentation on components related to syndromic surveillance, including but not limited to, the onboarding of facilities, data quality monitoring tools, case definitions, and data processing tools.

October 13, 2017

New Master Mapping Reference Table (MMRT) to Assist ICD-10 Transition for Syndromic Surveillance

As of October 1, 2015, all HIPAA covered entities transition from the use of International Classification of Diseases version 9 (ICD-9-CM) to version 10 (ICD-10-CM/PCS). Many Public Health surveillance entities receive, interpret, analyze, and report ICD-9 encoded data, which will all be significantly impacted by the transition. Public health agencies will need to modify existing database structures, extraction rules, and messaging guides, as well as revise established syndromic surveillance definitions and underlying analytic and business rules to accommodate this transition.

September 01, 2017

Preliminary Look into the ICD9/10 Transition Impact on Public Health Surveillance

On October 1, 2015, the number of ICD codes will expand from 14,000 in version 9 to 68,000 in version 10. The new code set will increase the specificity of reporting, allowing more information to be conveyed in a single code. It is anticipated that the conversion will have a significant impact on public health surveillance by enhancing the capture of reportable diseases, injuries, and conditions of public health importance that have traditionally been the target of syndromic surveillance monitoring.

September 07, 2017

Community Engagement among the BioSense 2.0 User Group

BioSense 2.0 has become a platform for technical receipt and analysis of syndromic surveillance data for many jurisdictions nationwide, as well as a collaborative effort that has engaged a larger community of syndromic surveillance practitioners, Governance Group, and federal agencies and organizations. The potential longterm benefits of BioSense 2.0 for resource and data sharing have at times been overshadowed by the short-term limitations of the system and disconnected efforts among the CoP.

October 10, 2017

Preparing for the Impact of the ICD-9/10 Transition on Syndromic Surveillance

The US Department of Health and Human Services has mandated that after October 1, 2015, all HIPAA covered entities must transition from using International Classification of Diseases version 9 (ICD- 9) codes to using version 10 (ICD-10) codes (www.cms.gov). This will impact public health surveillance entities that receive, analyze, and report ICD-9 encoded data.

November 17, 2017


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