Syndromic Surveillance Regional Data Sharing Workshop: HHS Region 5

Thirteen surveillance professionals from seven state and local public health agencies in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Service (HHS) Region 5 planned and participated in the 2-day Workshop. The participants selected data sharing for heatrelated illness surveillance using BioSense 2.0 as a use case to focus Workshop activities and discussions.

August 28, 2017

Processing of Novel Electronic Health Data to Support Public Health Surveillance

Accurately gauging the health status of a population during an event of public health significance (e.g. hurricanes, H1N1 2009 pandemic) in support of emergency response and situation awareness efforts can be a challenge for established public health surveillance systems in terms of geographic and population coverage as well as the appropriateness of health indicators.

May 21, 2018

Sharing Public Health Information with Non-Public Health Partners

Automated Electronic Disease Surveillance has become a common tool for most public health practitioners. Users of these systems can analyze and visualize data coming from hospitals, schools, and a variety of sources to determine the health of their communities. The insights that users gain from these systems would be valuable information for emergency managers, law enforcement, and other nonpublic health officials. Disseminating this information, however, can be difficult due to lack of secure tools and guidance policies.

July 05, 2018

Monitoring and auditing the transfer of syndromic surveillance data to ensure data completeness

The electronic surveillance system for the early notification of community-based epidemics (ESSENCE) is the web-based syndromic surveillance system utilized by DHMH. ESSENCE utilizes a secure, automated process for the transfer of data to the ESSENCE system. Data sources in the Maryland ESSENCE system include emergency department (ED) chief complaints, poison control center calls, over-the-counter (OTC) medication sales, and pharmaceutical transaction data (for certain classes of anti-bacterial and anti-viral medication).

May 02, 2019

Data Requests for Research: Best Practices based on the NC DETECT Experience

The North Carolina Division of Public Health (NC DPH) has been collecting emergency department data in collaboration with the Carolina Center for Health Informatics in the UNC Department of Emergency Medicine since 1999. As of August 2011, there are 113 of 115 emergency departments sending data electronically at least once daily to NC DETECT.

May 02, 2019

Rapid ad-hoc cross-jurisdictional sharing of syndrome data using Distribute technology

Cross-jurisdictional sharing of public health syndrome data is useful for many reasons, among them to provide a larger regional or national view of activity and to determine if unusual activity observed in one jurisdiction is atypical. Considerable barriers to sharing of public health data exist, including maintaining control of potentially sensitive data and having informatics systems available to take and view data.

May 02, 2019

Stakeholder Perspectives of Biosurveillance: a Qualitative Analysis

For more than a decade, biosurveillance systems (and more recently BioSense) have been employed in the United States. Efforts to drastically expand these surveillance capacities have been a national priority given concerns about national security. However, there has been little emphasis on value or increasing value to communities or agencies contributing and analyzing data. This qualitative analysis focused on all biosurveillance stakeholders and the opportunity to enhance interoperability and reuse of data and systems.



July 30, 2018

Syndromic Surveillance Reporting via CDC’s Public Health Information Grid

CDC is building a public health information grid to enable controlled distribution of data, services and applications for researchers, Federal authorities, local and state health departments nationwide, enabling efficient controlled sharing of data and analytical tools. Federated aggregate analysis of distributed data sources may detect clusters that might be invisible to smaller, isolated systems.

July 30, 2018

21st Century Health Care Demands New Models for Population Health Data Aggregation and Sharing: A Federated Approach

This paper describes the value of a distributed approach to population health efforts that span clinical research, quality measurement and public health. The goal of the paper is to challenge the traditional paradigm which relies on centralized data repositories with more distributed models where data collection and analysis remains as close to local data sources as possible.

July 30, 2018

A County Health Department's Analysis and Dissemination Algorithm of a Neruological Syndrome Aberration to Respective Community Stakeholders

The purpose of this study is to depict a local county health departmentís analysis and dissemination algorithm of surveillance system (SS) aberration (alarm) to designated stakeholders within the community.

July 30, 2018


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