Upcoming Webinar: ONC/CDC PH-EHR Vendors Collaboration Initiative Webinar [Special Session Continued]: 2014 Ebola Response in the U.S.

The special session of the Public Health (PH) – Electronic Health Records (EHR) Vendors Collaboration Initiative held on 10/16/2014 entitled “2014 Ebola Response in the U.S. – Use of Travel History within Clinical Workflow” had 500+ attendees. For details on the 10/16 webinar, including meeting materials (e.g., agenda, slides, webinar recording), please check the PH-EHR Vendors Collaboration Initiative space on phConnect at: http://www.phconnect.org/group/public-health-ehr-vendors-collaboration-initiative.

Please note there will be an ONC/CDC PH-EHR Vendors Collaboration Initiative Webinar [Special Session Continued]: 2014 Ebola Response in the U.S. on Thursday Oct. 23, 2014 from 2:30 pm to 4:00 pm ET. The registration link for this special session is provided below.

Registration Link:
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.


EHR Meaningful Use Communications

Office of Public Health Scientific Services (OPHSS)

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention


ISDS Webinar: November 6, 2014 “Analytic Methodologies for Disease Surveillance Using Multiple Sources of Evidence”

Please register for this upcoming webinar hosted by ISDS!

Analytic Methodologies for Disease Surveillance Using Multiple Sources of Evidence

Date: Thursday, November 6, 2014

Time: 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM EDT (16:00 – 17:30 GMT)


This presentation is for public health practitioners and methodology developers interested in using statistical methods to combine evidence from multiple data sources for increased sensitivity to disease outbreaks.  Methods described will account for practical issues such as delays in outbreak effects between evidence types.  Presented examples will include outbreaks from multiple years of authentic data as well as simulations.  The ensuing discussion with attendees will explore the role and scope of multivariate surveillance for the situational awareness of public health monitors.


Linus Schiöler, Statistical Research Unit, Department of Economics, University of Gothenburg, Gothenburg, Sweden


Schiöler L. and Frisén, M. (2012): Multivariate outbreak detection,Journal of Applied Statistics, 39:2, 223-242,


Howard Burkom, Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory, Laurel, MD


Burkom H. S., Ramac-Thomas L., Babin S., Holtry R., Mnatsakanyan Z. and Yund C. (2011), An integrated approach for fusion of environmental and human health data for disease surveillance. Statistics in Medicine, 30: 470-479. doi: 10.1002/sim.3976


Learn more about this webinar on our website.

This webinar is being hosted by the ISDS Research Committee.

Upcoming Webinar – Joint PH Forum & CDC Nationwide Webinar on October 16

Please see below for more information regarding an upcoming webinar from the CDC Meaningful Use Staff at the CDC Office of Public Health Scientific Services (OPHSS).

Meeting Invitation for:
Date: Thursday, October 16, 2014
Time: 3:00 pm Eastern Time / 2:00 pm Central Time / 1:00 pm Mountain Time / 12:00 pm Pacific Time

Dear Public Health Forum Members & Colleagues:

The meeting agenda and the webinar registration information are provided below.

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• Announcements (CDC and ONC) – [5 minutes]
• Presentation: Electronic Public Health Case Reporting – Current and Future Possibilities – [40 minutes]

Presenters/Panel Members:
John Abellera, MPH, Health Scientist, Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC)
Dan Chaput, MM, Public Health Policy Analyst, Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC)
Jim Daniel, MPH, Public Health Coordinator, Office of the National Coordinator (ONC)
John Gelleta, WEDSS Informaticist, Wisconsin Department of Health Services
Rebecca Tave Gluskin, MS, PhD, Interim Executive Director of the Bureau of Public Health Informatics and Data Services, New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene

Enabling electronic case reporting of a patient with a suspected reportable disease from EHRs to public health agencies has potential to improve public health surveillance, control, and response. This presentation will highlight the successes and challenges associated with pilot projects in New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and the Wisconsin Department of Health Services. These pilot projects, supported by CDC’s partner agencies (i.e., CSTE/NACCHO), demonstrated the transmission of standards-based electronic documents as an initial public health case report for communicable disease to two different health jurisdictions. Both sites used similar processes to receive and process a Continuity of Care Document (CCD), retrieved and pre-populated the appropriate case report form for the reportable condition, and returned back to the EHR system a populated form to send additional information necessary for surveillance. These public health agencies will share project implementation details and discuss their planned next steps and future initiatives related to electronic public health case reporting. In addition, the presentation will discuss how these projects use standards-based data architecture, developed as part of the Structured Data Capture (SDC) initiative.

• Question and Answer Session – [15 minutes]

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eHealth Initiative 2014 Annual Survey Release – “Post HITECH: The Landscape of Health Information Exchange”

The eHealth Initiative just released their 2014 survey of health information exchanges – “Post HITECH: The Landscape of Health Information Exchange”. Please click the link below to access their press release and a downloadable copy of the survey.



Update from CDC Meaningful Use on the Intersection Between Ebola, EHRs, and Public Health

The Meaningful Use Communication Staff at the CDC are reaching out to the informatics community on how the use of electronic health records (EHRs) can be useful in responding to the Ebola crisis. Please see the statement below from our CDC partners.

Dear Colleagues,

In light of the confirmed first U.S. case of Ebola in Dallas last week, there has been a lot of attention on electronic health records (EHRs) and their intersection with public health.

There are two valuable lessons learned thus far regarding EHR that are relevant to the public health community and its partners within healthcare and the vendors that we work with:

  • EHRs alone do not provide an ironclad assurance in emergency departments or elsewhere that critical information will be ascertained and acted on. Their value for patient care and public health depends as much on the tool users as the tool itself. Think about the workflow that uses the EHR within the healthcare delivery process. An EHR can assist but does not replace practitioner-to-practitioner communication in a healthcare setting.  Care is a combination of people, processes, technology, and other factors, and it is important to be mindful of the workflow around communication about each of these components.
  • When reviewing a public health event, involve the informatics team within both public health and healthcare early to identify how an EHR was used within an event. Informatics staff can participate in the root cause assessment to: analyze data and identify what is relevant; establish chronology of events; and evaluate relevant data across populations served by a hospital network.

There is currently information for healthcare workers and healthcare settings for evaluating returned travelers for Ebola and checklists for evaluating patients for Ebola available at http://www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola/hcp/index.html and http://www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola/hcp/environmental-infection-control-in-hospitals.html.

Now is a good time to work with your clinical partners, including their informaticians and their vendors,  to determine how the existing EHR workflow can assist in using this information, such as how patient travel history or other pertinent information is captured and displayed to healthcare workers.


Meaningful Use Communications

Office of Public Health Scientific Services (OPHSS)

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention


Upcoming Webinar – Detecting and Monitoring Disease and Illness Outbreaks

Detecting and Monitoring Disease and Illness Outbreaks 

Data Sources and Systems for Public Health and Emergency Management Officials

Please register for this informative webinar on best practices, lessons learned and resources on how to detect and monitor illness, disease, and syndrome trends and outbreaks. This webinar is hosted by the First Responders Group – US Department of Homeland Security Science And Technology Directorate and co-sponsored by the National Information Sharing Consortium (NISC). Information regarding speakers and registration is below.

Date and Time:

Thursday, October 23, 2014

1:00 PM EDT

Registration Link:



Dr. Michael Jhung

Medical Officer, Influenza Division, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Dr. Teresa Quitugua

Deputy Director, National Biosurveillance Integration Center, Office of Health Affairs

U.S. Department of Homeland Security

LT Cody Thornton

Program Manager, Division of International Health Security

Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Upcoming Webinar – Designing for Unconventional Learning Outcomes and Experiences in Exercises

Topic: “Designing for Unconventional Learning Outcomes and Experiences in Exercises”

Date & Time: October 14, 2014. 1:00 p.m. ET


  • Mickey Scullard, MPH MEP, Planner, Officer of Emergency Preparedness, Minnesota Department of Health
  • Janice Maine, BS MEP
  • Deb Radi, MBA BSW, Supervisor, Education, Exercises, and Planning Unit, Office of Emergency Preparedness, Minnesota Department of Health

Access:  https://ncdmph.adobeconnect.com/_a1137435577/r75qxfxcoz3/