Monthly Archives: November 2014

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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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.

Learn more about this webinar on our website.