Rough Guide to Set up Data Feed for Poison Center Data in Your State

The Oregon ESSENCE team has developed a guide for other states to use to set up a web service link to their poison center and extract its data into ESSENCE. It contains advice based on Oregon’s experience in developing its link with its poison center and NDPS, a plug-&-play (almost) Rhapsody configuration file (and instructions) to install, and data dictionaries provided by NPDS.

The publication date is February 1, 2019.

January 31, 2019

EHR Conformance Testing for Enhanced Syndromic Surveillance System Interoperability

Lack of speed, reliability, and uniformity of data collection limit the ability of syndromic surveillance (SyS) systems to provide public health authorities (PHAs) with timely information on community health threats and trends. Electronic information technologies have long been used to accelerate and automate data collection for more real-time surveillance. There is, however, irregularity in how SyS data are packaged and sent by healthcare providers.

August 22, 2018

Challenges of ELR Implementation: Moving Toward Semantic Understanding through Vocabulary Validation

Meaningful Use has increased interest in submission of ELR to public health agencies, prompting these agencies to analyze their reporting process. Tennessee’s reporting regulations require anyone with knowledge of or suspecting a reportable disease or event report to the local health department. Although it is understood that laboratories are more diligent and routine reporters, focus in listing of these events is from the healthcare provider perspective. Public health agencies must acknowledge the differences in provider case reporting and laboratory result reporting.

August 22, 2018

Meaningful Use: What it is and Why it matters

Expert panelists Art Davidson (Denver Health) and Julia Gunn (Boston Public Health Commission), whose respective organizations were 2009 Davies Awards recipients, gave a 30 minute webinar on Meaningful Use and electronic health record technology. This webinar aimed to assist attendees in gaining a better understanding of Meaningful Use, how it may impact their surveillance work, and how they can work with ISDS to represent their perspectives and that of their local or state health agencies.

A webinar hosted by the ISDS and the Distribute Community of Practice on March 5th, 2010.

October 25, 2017

Automated Information Integration from Heterogeneous Data Sources: A Semantic Web Approach

Integration of information from multiple disparate and heterogeneous sources is a labor and resource intensive task. Heterogeneity can come about in the way data is represented or in the meaning of data in different contexts. Semantic Web technologies have been proposed to address both representational and semantic heterogeneity in distributed and collaborative environments. We introduce an automated semantic information integration platform for public health surveillance using RDF and the Simple Knowledge Organization Standard developed by the Semantic Web community.


July 30, 2018

Automated Syndromic Surveillance System in Los Angeles County

The Los Angeles County (LAC) Bioterrorism Preparedness and Response Unit has made significant progress in automating the syndromic surveillance system. The surveillance system receives electronic data on a daily basis from different hospital information systems, then standardizes and generates analytical results.


This article describes architecture, analytical method, and software applications used in automating the LAC syndromic surveillance system.

July 30, 2018

A Survey of Usage and Response Protocols of Syndromic Surveillance Systems by State Public Health Departments in the United States

Within the syndromic surveillance literature there are acknowledged gaps with respect to penetration of syndromic surveillance systems and standard or promising practices for response. The lack of adequate data and evidence-based policy recommendations on response is especially concerning because syndromic surveillance systems are only as useful as the timely pubic health response launched after aberration detection.

July 30, 2018

Self-Evaluation of an Electronic Disease Surveillance System Implemented in the Peruvian Army: Alerta JESAL

This paper describes the evaluation of an electronic disease surveillance system implemented in the Peruvian Army following the 2001 CDC surveillance evaluation guidelines.

July 30, 2018

Development of an Integrated Surveillance System for Beijing

After the SARS outbreak in 2003, Beijing established Fever Clinics in major hospitals for the early detection of potential respiratory disease outbreaks. The data collection in Fever Clinics contains the basic patient information, body temperature, cough, and breath condition, as well as a primary diagnosis. Since the symptoms and diagnosis are mainly recorded in free text format, it is very difficult to use for data analysis. Because of the problems in data processing, the data collection has decreased.



July 30, 2018

Standard Operation Procedures for Three Syndromic Surveillance Systems in Washoe County, Nevada - A Local Perspective

Washoe County District Health Department (WCDHD) is a local health district serving nearly 400,000 residents in Washoe County including cities of Reno and Sparks, the second largest urban area in Nevada. To enhance overall public health surveillance capacities in the agency, WCDHD officially implemented National Retail Data Monitor (NRDM) in September 2004, Real-time Outbreak & Disease Surveillance (RODS) in July 2005, and FirstWatch in August 2005.

July 30, 2018


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