Monthly Archives: January 2015

Webinar: Public Health Information Supply Chain: Findings and Implications

Webinar: Public Health Information Supply Chain: Findings and Implications

Please join Vivian Singletary and Juneka Rembert of the Public Health Informatics Institute (PHII) Tuesday, February 12th, from 2:00 -3:00 pm EST for a webinar on Public Health Information Exchange capacity in the states of California and Massachusetts

In order to help public health organizations better understand the process for exchanging notifiable disease data, The Public Health Informatics Institute (PHII), hosted by the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO), will present a webinar on their recent project, titled “Public Health Information Exchange Capacity.” This project sought to document the information exchange process involved in sharing notifiable disease data from local level, to the state level, and finally to the CDC. The findings of this report will help public health departments:

  • Understand the current state of notifiable disease data exchange in different states:
  • Learn of the challenges to disease data exchange for both State and Local Health Departments:
  • Receive recommendations for improve the notifiable disease data exchange process.

This project also sought to determine the level of effort needed to gather and report notifiable disease data.

Please email any questions about this webinar to Matthew DeLeon at

Upcoming Webinar from ISDS – Emergency Medical Services (EMS) & Ebola

Date: Wednesday, January 14, 2014

Time: 4:00 – 5:00pm EST


Todd Stout and Alex Garza, MD, MPH


The 2014 Ebola epidemic is the largest in history, affecting multiple countries in West Africa and beyond.  EMS providers have to be prepared to treat or transport suspected or known Ebola patients. Join FirstWatch President and long-time advocate for the value of EMS data for public health surveillance, Todd Stout and former Chief Medical Officer for the US Department of Homeland Security, Alex Garza, MD, MPH as they discuss how EMS services in the USA and Canada responded to the threat of Ebola.

This presentation will focus on two main areas affecting EMS providers and their public health partners:

  • EMS Agency Ebola information sharing and best practices development
    • Lessons learned from all of the North American EMS agencies that have transported patients with confirmed Ebola (Dallas, Omaha, Grady/Atlanta, NYC & AMR)
    • EMS data surveillance approaches
      • Call-Taking/Emergency Medical Dispatch (EMD) and electronic Patient Care Records (ePCR)


  1. Learn EMS-specific best practices & recommendations for treatment and transport of suspected or confirmed Ebola patients shared by EMS Agencies with Ebola patient transport experience
  2. Learn what EMS-Specific online resources are available, for Ebola and future emerging infectious diseases to share with your local EMS partners
  3. Learn specific, working approaches to EMS data surveillance for Ebola patients
  4. Learn the applicability of this approach to influenza surveillance and future emerging infectious disease outbreaks


Learn more about this webinar on our website.