Poison center data for public health surveillance: Poison center and public health perspectives

Since 2008, poisoning is the leading cause of injury-related death in the United States; since 1980, the poisoning-related fatality rate in the United States (U.S.) has almost tripled. Many poison-related injuries and deaths are reported to regional PCs which receive about 2.4 million reports of human chemical and poison exposures annually. Federal, state, and local PH agencies often collaborate with PCs and use PC data for PH surveillance to identify poisoning-related health issues.

January 21, 2018

U.S. Pneumonia and Influenza Mortality Surveillance: A New Era

The 122 Cities Mortality Reporting System (CMRS) has been used for pneumonia and influenza monitoring in the U.S. since the early 20th century. The 122 CMRS is regarded as the timeliest source of mortality data, with the majority of deaths being reported to the system within two weeks. However, while it excels at timeliness it lacks detail, accuracy and completeness. Deaths are counted during the week that the death certificate was filed and not during the week in which the death occurred and the system only covers approximately 25% of the U.S. population.

May 02, 2019

Evaluation of Clinical and Administrative Data to Augment Public Health Surveillance

Medical claims and EHR data sources offer the potential to ascertain disease and health risk behavior prevalence and incidence, evaluate the use of clinical services, and monitor changes related to public health interventions. Passage of the HITECH Act of 2009 supports the availability of standardized EHR data for use by public health officials to obtain actionable information.

March 19, 2018

Update from CDC's Public Health Surveillance & Informatics Program Office (PHSIPO)

The practice of public health surveillance is evolving as electronic health records (EHRs) and automated laboratory information systems are increasing adopted, as new approaches for health information exchange are employed, and as new health information standards affect the entire cascade of surveillance information flow. These trends have been accelerated by the Federal program to promote the Meaningful Use of electronic health records, which includes explicit population health objectives.

July 05, 2018

Overview of the CDC Surveillance and Informatics Program Office Strategic Plan

Dr. James Buehler, Director of the Public Health Surveillance and Informatics Office (PHISPO), will be joining ISDS to present an overview of the CDC's vision for surveillance and informatics by discussing the updated PHISPO Strategic Plan for the coming four years. This presentation will highlight the CDC's public health surveillance priorities, objectives, and strategies for success.

Sponsored by the ISDS Public Health Practice Committee

May 15, 2019

Early Aberration Reporting System (EARS) update: present and future

Early Aberration Reporting System (EARS, US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, EARS Program, MS C-18, Atlanta, GA, USA) is a freeware surveillance tool that can be downloaded from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s website (http://emergency.cdc.gov/surveillance/ears/). It was designed for quick set-up and customization for automated monitoring of emergency department and other syndromic data sources, including, but not limited to, 911 calls, school absenteeism,

June 17, 2019

BioSense program redesign

The BioSense program’s mission is to support and improve public health surveillance infrastructure and human capacity required to monitor (with minimal lag) critical population health indicators of the scope and severity of acute health threats to the public health; and support national, state, and local responses to those threats.

June 18, 2019

Evaluation of the Surveillance System 2SE FAG Using a CDC Recommended Framework

In November 2002 a NATO summit meeting issued an initiative calling for member states to begin development of an interoperable disease surveillance system that had the ability to give early warning in the event of an attack on armed forces using weapons of mass destruction.

July 30, 2018

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