Infectious Disease Surveillance

The data of a pandemic: how has data influenced our understanding of COVID-19? | 8/7/2020

… epidemiological model developed by researchers at Imperial College London (UK) that predicted that, should the UK continue on their original trajectory, it could result in upwards of 250,000 deaths. Across the globe, data-driven infectious disease surveillance and prediction modeling became key for determining government policy, and models were created for different countries, scenarios and policies utilizing all data available. Publicly available data sets, such as this one maintained by …

Institutionalized data quality assessments: a critical pathway to improving the accuracy of integrated disease surveillance data in Sierra Leone | 8/7/2020

… and trigger response activities. It also guides allocation of resources, evaluation of public health interventions, policies and strategies [ 1 ]. Policy makers and public health agencies rely on good quality data to make decisions. In infectious disease surveillance and response, reliable, valid, timely, complete and accurate health information is essential for early detection and control of outbreaks [ 2 ]. The revised International Health Regulations (2005), require state parties to build public health …

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Past as Prologue | 7/26/2020

… Approaches for consideration could include simplifying current reporting forms and procedures, establishing a telephone hotline by which physicians could report unusual syndromes, and using electronic patient data collected by insurance companies to assist in infectious disease surveillance . The report opened with: In May 1989, Rockefeller University, the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, and the Fogarty International Center co-sponsored a conference on emerging viral agents. Although the conference …

Tasso raises funds for at-home blood collection device manufacturing | 7/23/2020

… their own blood and send it to a CLIA-certified, high-complexity clinical laboratory for analysis. Currently, the products are being validated for a range of applications such as routine diagnostics, chronic disease monitoring, infectious disease surveillance , athletic and sports testing and virtual clinical trials. Tasso CEO and co-founder Ben Casavant said: “The coronavirus pandemic has underscored the surging demand for more diagnostic solutions that are patient-friendly and …

Detecting the outbreak of influenza based on the shortest path of dynamic city network | 7/20/2020

… in Hokkaido. It is showed that SP-DNM accurately predicted each influenza outbreak averagely 4 weeks ahead in Tokyo and 6 weeks ahead in Hokkaido. The data of Tokyo was obtained from Tokyo Metropolitan Infectious Disease Surveillance Center ( http://survey.tokyo-eiken.go.jp/epidinfo/weeklyhc.do ), including the number of clinic visits every week in a year from 23 region. The data of Hokkaido was obtained from Hokkaido Infectious Disease Surveillance Center ( http …

Airbnb COVID-19 refund struggles anger guests after cancellations | 6/25/2020

Evan Skowronski was supposed to stay in a Connecticut Airbnb this month with his wife after booking their stay in January. Because of the coronavirus pandemic , the couple opted to cancel their trip in April. Skowronski, 53, a scientist working on infectious disease surveillance , canceled the booking outside of the company’s extenuating circumstances policy , which promises refunds or travel credits. He had been caught up in a back and forth …

Pandemic management – room for improvement at ground control? | MobiHealthNews | 6/24/2020

… or partially covered by digital solutions, and second because there is a certain tension between what might be desirable in terms of public health and what is necessary to protect an individual ’ s privacy. Infectious disease surveillance by social media monitoring? So let us take a closer look . Most importantly, there are very different types of COVID-19 related public health apps. At least some of the recent COVID-19 …

Jeff Bethel abides | 6/12/2020

… groups of people, how to reduce rates of disease, and how to prepare for and reduce the impact on human health from disaster. Jeff, who previously worked as an epidemiologist at the CDC conducting infectious disease surveillance studies and pandemic influenza planning, studies how vector- and water-borne diseases are impacted by a changing climate, as well as the health impacts of natural disasters and disease outbreaks. When Oregon State’s …

Right time, right place, right researcher | 6/12/2020

… groups of people, how to reduce rates of disease, and how to prepare for and reduce the impact on human health from disaster. Jeff, who previously worked as an epidemiologist at the CDC conducting infectious disease surveillance studies and pandemic influenza planning, studies how infectious diseases are impacted by a changing climate, as well as the health impacts of natural disasters and disease outbreaks. When Oregon State’s TRACE-COVID-19 …

EPIDEMIOLOGIST III (Public Health Surveillance Informatics Specialist) - #20-003643-0002 | 6/9/2020

19 LOCATION OF POSITION MDH/Prevention and Health Promotion Administration, Center for Infectious Disease Surveillance and Outbreak Response (CIDSOR)/IDEORB, Baltimore, Maryland Main Purpose of Job This position will serve as a Senior Epidemiologist/Public Health Surveillance Informatics Specialist in the Maryland Department of Health (MDH)’s Prevention and Health Promotion Administration (PHPA)’s Division of Infectious Disease Surveillance . This position will be responsible for designing, monitoring, evaluating, and improving …

Demonstrating 15 contact tracing and other tools built to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 – TechCrunch | 6/5/2020

… 19 symptom tracker, was created by epidemiologists and software developers within the Innovation and Digital Health Accelerator at Boston Children’s Hospital. The Boston Children’s Hospital team has background and expertise in developing platforms in infectious disease surveillance , and provides technical capacity in building visualization-based tools for public health response efforts. The COVID Near You team aims to support public health surveillance measures of COVID-19 and conduct research using …

Increasing testing throughput and case detection with a pooled-sample Bayesian approach in the context of COVID-19 | 4/5/2020

Rapid and widespread implementation of infectious disease surveillance is a critical component in the response to novel health threats. Molecular assays are the preferred method to detect a broad range of pathogens with high sensitivity and specificity. The implementation of molecular assay testing in a rapidly evolving public health emergency can be hindered by resource availability or technical constraints. In the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, the applicability of …

Statement on COVID-19 Response | 4/1/2020

… non-medical staff are working remotely from home. The following is a summary of our actions to date : Responding to a Suspected/Confirmed COVID-19 Patient Our Communications Center (OCD) is utilizing the Emerging Infectious Disease Surveillance (EIDS) tool to assist with identifying suspected COVID-19 patients. Working in tandem with Kern County’s Emergency Communications Center (ECC), EIDS helps dispatchers in ascertaining if a patient is exhibiting signs or symptoms …

Hall Ambulance Service, Inc. Statement on Response to COVID-19 Pandemic March 31, 2020 | 4/1/2020

… non-medical staff are working remotely from home. The following is a summary of our actions to date: Responding to a Suspected/Confirmed COVID-19 Patient Our Communications Center (OCD) is utilizing the Emerging Infectious Disease Surveillance (EIDS) tool to assist with identifying suspected COVID-19 patients. Working in tandem with Kern County’s Emergency Communications Center (ECC), EIDS helps dispatchers in ascertaining if a patient is exhibiting signs or symptoms …

Next Time, Genomics Could Help Develop Vaccines Beforehand | 3/31/2020

Next Time, Genomics Could Help Develop Vaccines Beforehand By Meredith Salisbury March 31, 2020, 2:13 PM As we grapple with the COVID-19 pandemic, we will eventually have to face a difficult truth: this situation could have been avoided if we had invested more in existing tools for infectious disease surveillance . It is already widely known that in 2018, the Trump administration shut down a pandemic response unit that had …

Black & Veatch’s Incubator Launches Campaign for Coronavirus Solutions | Business Wire | 3/30/2020

… information about the “2020 Black & Veatch IgniteX COVID-19 Response Accelerator,” including an application form, visit BV.com/Ignite . Through the Defense Threat Reduction Agency’s Biological Threat Reduction Program, Black & Veatch already has been providing infectious disease surveillance and biological sample management to more than 20 countries around the globe. About Black & Veatch Black & Veatch is an employee-owned engineering, procurement, consulting and construction company with a more than 100-year …

East Fork on front line of outbreak | 3/24/2020

East Fork firefighters implemented emerging infectious disease surveillance protocols during a response to a call in Minden on Wednesday afternoon. With the first report of novel coronavirus in Douglas County, calls involving patients with respiratory distress put firefighters and medics on the front lines. Douglas County Emergency Manager and East Fork Chief Tod Carlini said the ever changing dynamic of the outbreak is challenging the district. “We are constantly having …

Health Catalyst Expands COVID-19 Response Support and Provides Infrastructure to Enable Readiness for Future Demands | PR Newswire | 3/24/2020

… growing suite of COVID-19 Solutions capabilities includes identifying the location of patients who have tested positive for COVID-19 as well as other patient, clinician and staff interactions and exposures to allow for infectious disease surveillance and automated monitoring for “hot-spots” using local geo-mapping and more,” said Holly Rimmasch , Chief Clinical Officer at Health Catalyst. “Data-informed surveillance and containment strategies can enhance COVID-19 detection, reduce …

Safer communities and workplaces with coronavirus COVID-19 blockchain monitor | 3/23/2020

… COVID-19, and other high-risk viruses, bacteria and fungi, to assist them in staying free of potentially life-threatening diseases. Ayon Hazra, CEO of Qlikchain, the administrator for the PHBC, said: “Unlike traditional infectious disease surveillance that focuses on infected persons, this is a system that monitors the movement of uninfected persons instead, with a view to restricting their return if they have passed through areas known to be …

Extension Viewpoints: Infectious disease surveillance: What we are learning from bats and mosquitoes | 3/22/2020

Extension Viewpoints: Infectious disease surveillance: What we are learning from bats and mosquitoes By Ty Betts and Robin Young PREVIEW Columnist We know surveillance is used to keep an eye on convenience stores and homes; it is also used to monitor the spread of infectious diseases. Of course, video cameras will not work to spot viruses or bacteria, so researchers at Colorado State University (CSU) are working to create other …

What could a future of AI-augmented infectious disease surveillance look like? | 3/21/2020

Anyone can publish on Medium per our Policies , but we don’t fact-check every story. For more info about the coronavirus, see cdc.gov . What Could a Future of AI-augmented Infectious Disease Surveillance Look Like? And how close are we to this today? Mar 20 ·8 min read Before the Covid-19 pandemic, an estimated 40 million flights , carrying almost 5 billion people were estimated to operate globally in 2020 …

VirusBlockchain.com: Safer Communities and Workplaces With Coronavirus COVID-19 Blockchain Monitor | PR Newswire | 3/19/2020

… 19, and other high-risk viruses, bacteria and fungi, to assist them in staying free of potentially life-threatening diseases. Ayon Hazra, CEO of Qlikchain, the Administrator for the PHBC (PRNewsfoto/VirusBlockchain.com) “Unlike traditional infectious disease surveillance that focuses on infected persons, this is a system that monitors the movement of uninfected persons instead, with a view to restricting their return if they have passed through areas known to be …

Rep. Johnson says economic stimulus needs to focus on regular Americans | 3/19/2020

… scale industry, he said during a Wednesday night town hall teleconference. Johnson took questions for nearly 90 minutes on the COVID-19 topic, along with South Dakota Deputy Epidemiologist Dustin Ortbahn, who specializes in infectious disease surveillance . Both officials asked South Dakotans to follow the guidelines of social distancing and isolating. “All segments of U.S. society have a role to play, and all age groups,” said the first-term congressman …

The March 19 R-C Morning Report | 3/19/2020

The March 19 R-C Morning Report News March 19, 2020 Gardnerville Ranchos resident Patrick J. Luzzi took this photo from near his home on St. Patrick’s Day. snowy field Genoa, Nev. — East Fork Fire District medics are implementing emerging infectious disease surveillance protocols when they respond to calls involving respiratory distress. With the first case of coronavirus in Douglas County, that seems like a very good idea. With more …

Roundup: Tech’s role in tracking, testing, treating COVID-19 | MobiHealthNews | 3/18/2020

… growing suite of COVID-19 Solutions capabilities includes identifying the location of patients who have tested positive for COVID-19 as well as other patient, clinician and staff interactions and exposures to allow for infectious disease surveillance and automated monitoring for ‘hot-spots’ using local geo-mapping and more,” Holly Rimmasch, Chief Clinical Officer at Health Catalyst, said in a statement. “Data-informed surveillance and containment strategies can enhance COVID …

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Demonstrating 15 contact tracing and other tools built to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 – TechCrunch | 6/5/2020

… Share on Twitter Connor Spelliscy is Director of New Platforms at Hangar , a partner at Connectivity Fund and helps lead COVID-19 Tech Task Force initiatives. John Borthwick Contributor Share on Twitter John Borthwick is … Hospital team has background and expertise in developing platforms in infectious disease surveillance, and provides technical capacity in building visualization-based tools for public health response efforts. The COVID Near You team aims to support …

Black & Veatch’s Incubator Launches Campaign for Coronavirus Solutions | Business Wire | 3/30/2020

… Veatch initiative is leading a push to find and collaborate with startups and other innovators to expedite solutions that soften COVID-19’s impact on communities, with the hope that the future applications also extend … Biological Threat Reduction Program, Black & Veatch already has been providing infectious disease surveillance and biological sample management to more than 20 countries around the globe. About Black & Veatch Black & Veatch is an employee-owned engineering …