Review of the 2016 ISDS Annual Conference: Continuing the Momentum

ISDS is kicking off the year with a webinar to review highlights from the 2016 Annual Conference in Atlanta, GA. If you attended the conference, we invite you to come share and learn more about initiatives sprung from the conference, and to discuss how best to continue moving them ahead. If you were unable to attend the conference, please join us to hear from our Conference Chairs about session highlights and key takeaways. We will also be discussing post-conference evaluation findings and informally collecting feedback for next year's conference.


March 15, 2017

Prescription Opioid Abuse: Gleaning insights from hospital and vital records data

There is a resurgence in the need to evaluate the economic burden of prescription drug hospitalizations in the United States. We used the Wisconsin 2014 Hospital Discharge data to examine opioid related hospitalization incidence and costs. Fentanyl, a powerful synthetic opioid, is frequently being used for as an intraoperative agent in anesthesia, and post-operative recovery in hospitals. According to a 2013 study, synthetic Fentanyl is 40 times more potent than heroin and other prescription opioids; the strength of Fentanyl leads to substantial hospitalizations risks.

March 14, 2017

The Role of Tobacco Surveillance to obtain Policy, Systems, and Environmental Changes

Tobacco use is the leading cause of preventable illness and deaths in Georgia. About 10.1% of deaths among adults in Georgia are linked to smoking related illnesses. Most first use of cigarettes occurs by age 18 (87%), with nearly all-first use by 26 years of age (98%). Although cigarette smoking has declined significantly since 1964, very large disparities in tobacco use remain across different sub- groups of the population.

March 14, 2017

Using Health Information Exchange to Improve Use of Prescription Monitoring Data

Washington State experienced a five-fold increase in deaths from unintentional drug overdoses between 1998 and 2014. The PMP collects data on controlled substances prescribed to patients and makes the data available to healthcare providers, giving providers another tool for patient care and safety. Optimal impact for the program depends on providers regularly accessing the information to review patients’ dispensing history.

March 14, 2017

2016 International Society for Disease Surveillance Conference New Frontiers in Surveillance: Data Science and Health Security

The International Society for Disease Surveillance (ISDS) held its fifteenth annual conference in Atlanta, GA, from December 6-8, 2016. Since 2001, individuals interested in sharing and learning emerging trends in surveillance research and practice have found the ISDS Annual Conference a unique forum to advance their knowledge in the discipline of disease surveillance. The 15th ISDS conference received a total of 233 abstracts from 23 countries. From the submissions, 189

June 09, 2017

2015 International Society for Disease Surveillance Conference Harnessing Data to Advance Health Equity

The International Society for Disease Surveillance (ISDS) will hold its fourteenth annual conference in Denver, CO on December 10th and 11th, 2015. The society's mission is to improve population health by advancing the science and practice of disease surveillance, and the annual conference advances this mission by bringing together practitioners and researchers from multiple fields involved in disease surveillance, including public health, epidemiology, health policy, biostatistics and mathematical modeling, informatics and computer science.

August 07, 2017

Discover the 2015 ISDS Conference

This video provides useful information about the 2015 ISDS Conference and Abstract Submission Process.

May 20, 2019

Discover the 2014 ISDS Conference

Whether you are planning on attending the ISDS Conference for the first time this December or you have been attending since 2002, the ISDS Scientific Program Committee invites you to discover the 2014 ISDS Conference! This webinar will highlight the abstract submission process, and the Pre-Conference Trainings.

September 25, 2017

Discover the 2013 ISDS Conference

Whether you are planning on attending the ISDS Conference for the first time this December or you have been attending since 2002, the ISDS Scientific Program Committee invites you to discover the 2013 ISDS Conference! This webinar will highlight the abstract submission process, new abstract submission type, and the Pre-Conference Workshops. The webinar will include brief overviews by Scientific Program Committee Chair, Wayne Loschen, and Pre-Conference Workshop Planning Chair, Bill Storm, and will be followed by an informal question and answer session.

May 15, 2019

Priority Communicable Disease Surveillance (PCDS) in Bangladesh

Disease surveillance is an epidemiological practice by which the spread of disease is mentioned in order to establish patterns of progression. The main role of Priority Communicable Disease Surveillance (PCDS) is to predict, observe, and minimize the harm caused by outbreak, epidemic, and pandemic situations, as well as increase our knowledge to what factors might contribute to such circumstances. A key part of modern disease surveillance is the practice of disease case reporting.


May 02, 2019


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