Monthly Archives: May 2014

Great Webinar Coming Your Way This Week! BioSense 2.0: Data Quality and Assurance

The NACCHO Informatics Group is looking forward to some great presentations by Caleb Wiedeman (Tennessee Department of Health) and Harold Gil (County of San Diego Public Health Services) on how their organizations ensure data quality when using BioSense 2.0 technologies.  This webinar is hosted by ISDS and the BioSense Redesign Team.  Please scroll down for more information.

BioSense v2.0 Webinar: Data Quality Checks and Assurance

Date and Time

Thursday, May 22, 2014 – 3:00pm – 4:00pm EDT


ISDS and the BioSense Redesign Team


Caleb Wiedeman, MPH, Epidemiologist, Tennessee Department of Health

Harold Gil, MSPH, Applied Public Health Informatics Fellow, County of San Diego Public Health Services


Presenters Caleb Wiedeman and Harold Gil will describe some of the processes their organizations use to ensure the quality of data in BioSense v2.0. First, Caleb Wiedeman will review his normal routine of verifying data quality, including checking the front end of the BioSense v2.0 application for aberrations and drops in visit counts, linking front-end data to the back end using R, and using phpMyAdmin to check daily files. This portion of the presentation will focus on Tennessee’s system and the data they receive from six facilities within a single health system.

Following the data quality checks segment, Harold Gil will more broadly discuss the User Community Extension Project (UCEP) group’s work on data quality. The UCEP has focused on developing and sharing tools that complement BioSense functionality and scale across jurisdictions. Webinar attendees will learn about the data quality script the group has been developing over the last several months.

Learning Objectives

By the end of this webinar, participants will be able to…

Describe processes that can be used to perform data quality checks in BioSense v2.0.

Identify specific data quality metrics in BioSense v2.0 (e.g., drops in visit counts).

Discuss the UCEP group’s work on BioSense v2.0 data quality scripts.


Certified Public Health (CPH) Recertification Credit Available:

You may earn 1 CPH recertification credit for watching recorded webinars. If you wish to earn credit for watching the recording, you must view the recording, complete this evaluation, and write to and include the title of the webinar you watched. For either option, CPH recertification credits are free for ISDS members (as a benefit of membership) and are $10/credit for non-ISDS members.

Save the Date for this Exciting Webinar! – “Beneficial Practices for Improving Biosurveillance: Prioritizing your Biosurveillance Enhancements”

Please save the date for the webinar below.  Dr. Chesley Richards and Dr. Perry Smith will discuss the national priorities for improving public health surveillance.  The NACCHO Informatics group is looking forward to participating in this webinar!

Free webinar on Thursday, June 5 from 2:00 to 3:30pm EDT

Reserve your Webinar seat now at:

In this fourth and final webinar in the series, you will hear from:

  • Dr. Chesley Richards, Deputy Director for Public Health Scientific Services and Director, Office of Public Health Scientific Services at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • Dr. Perry Smith, Research Professor Epidemiology, State University of New York at Albany and former New York State Epidemiologist

Webinar hosts, Dr. Ed Baker (Project PI and Research Professor, Health Policy and Management, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill) and Dr. James Buehler (Professor, Department of Health Management and Policy, School of Public Health, Drexel University) will discuss with the guests and the audience:

  • What are the strategic national priorities for improving public health surveillance?
  • What do biosurveillance system enhancements cost and what is involved in developing and maintaining them?
  • What are the guiding principles for biosurveillance systems discussed in the webinar series?

Public health preparedness and surveillance professionals are invited to participate in this webinar.