Upcoming Webinar from ISDS: The National Syndromic Surveillance Program, December 2nd, 2014

Date: Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014

Time: 2:00 – 3:00pm EST


Michael Coletta, BioSense Program Manager, Division of Health Informatics and Surveillance, Center for Surveillance, Epidemiology, and Laboratory Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)


Join Michael Coletta, CDC Program Manager, for a presentation on the CDC National Syndromic Surveillance Program (NSSP – formerly known as BioSense).  Following a thorough review of the BioSense Program in 2013, CDC initiated the BioSense Enhancement Initiative (BEI) which builds on the past successes, while addressing areas that need improvement, allowing for a national view of syndromic surveillance that will provide many additional public health benefits. A key component of the BEI is to form the NSSP at CDC and continue to support the community of practice that has formed around syndromic surveillance.  This presentation outlines the NSSP activity and will conclude with a Q&A session.


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Public Release of IOM Report: “Capturing Social and Behavioral Domains and Measures in Electronic Health Records”

The IOM Committee on the Recommended Social and Behavioral Domains and Measures for Electronic Health records will release its Phase 2 report on November 13, 2014 at 11 AM EST. This committee was asked to recommend core measures of social and behavioral domains for inclusion in all EHRs. To provide better patient care, improve population health, and enable more informative research, standardized measures of key social and behavioral determinants need to be recorded in electronic health records and made available to appropriate professionals. This committee identified a parsimonious panel of measures that is comprehensive, interoperable, and efficient.

Nancy Adler, Ph.D., and William Stead, M.D., will be presenting the specific domains and recommended measures that should be included in all EHRs. They will explain the committee’s process in selecting these domains and their measures, and they will discuss the possible future implications of incorporating these social determinants of health into electronic health records.

The release event will be held via WebEx. Please see below for information on connecting to the briefing:

Topic: Capturing Social and Behavioral Domains and Measures in EHRs Phase 2 – Public Release

Date: Thursday, November 13, 2014

Time: 11:00 am, Eastern Standard Time (New York, GMT-05:00) Meeting Number: 740 699 870 Meeting Password: (This meeting does not require a password.)

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Go to https://nationalacademies.webex.com/nationalacademies/j.php?ED=292172417&UID=502621462&RT=MiMxMQ%3D%3D

Upcoming ISDS Webinar – Wednesday November 12, 2014 “Planning for the ICD-10 Transition”

Date: Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Time: 12:00 – 1:00pm EST


Sarah Brooks, MPA, RHIA, ICD-10 Implementation Project Manager, North Carolina Department of Health
David Swenson, AHEDD Project Manager, State of New Hampshire, Department of Health and Human Service


The transition of all HIPAA covered entities from the use of ICD­9­CM to ICD­10­CM/PCS codes on October 15, 2015 will create a paradigm change in the use of electronic health record (EHR) data. Many public health surveillance entities that receive, interpret, analyze, and report ICD­9 encoded data will be significantly impacted by the transition. Is your jurisdiction ready? Do you have a plan in place?

This webinar will provide an opportunity to learn what other jurisdictions have done to prepare their jurisdictions’ systems, alter business processes, and train workforce personnel in the use of ICD-10 CM codes for surveillance. Sarah Brooks, ICD-10 Implementation Project Manager from the North Carolina Department of Health will provide an overview of the NC DPH’s ICD-10 Implementation Planning activities and “and Dave Swenson from the State of New Hampshire will provide a syndromic surveillance system planning focus to prepare for this big change.


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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.

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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


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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).

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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

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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.