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Informatics critical to public health surveillance
Author(s): Parsa Mirhaji; Jiajie Zhang; Jack W. Smith; Mohammad Madjid; Samuel Ward Casscells; Scott R. Lillibridge
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Paper Abstract

Public health surveillance is the ongoing, systematic collection, analysis, interpretation, and dissemination of data regarding a health-related event for use in public health action to reduce morbidity and mortality and to improve health by effective response management and coordination. As new pressures for early detection of disease outbreaks have arisen, particularly for outbreaks of possible bioterrorism (BT) origin, and as electronic health data have become increasingly available, so has the demand for public health situation awareness systems. Although these systems are valuable for early warning of public health emergencies, there remains the cost of developing and managing such large and complex systems and of investigating inevitable false alarms. Whether these systems are dependable and cost effective enough and can demonstrate a significant and indispensable role in detection or prevention of mass casualty events of BT origin remains to be proven. This article will focus on the complexities of design, analysis, implementation and evaluation of public health surveillance and situation awareness systems and, in some cases, will discuss the key technologies being studied in Center for Biosecurity Informatics Research at University of Texas, Health Science Center at Houston.

Paper Details

Date Published: 22 September 2003
PDF: 13 pages
Proc. SPIE 5071, Sensors, and Command, Control, Communications, and Intelligence (C3I) Technologies for Homeland Defense and Law Enforcement II, (22 September 2003); doi: 10.1117/12.500842
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Parsa Mirhaji, Univ. of Texas Health Science Ctr. at Houston (United States)
Jiajie Zhang, Univ. of Texas Health Science Ctr. at Houston (United States)
Jack W. Smith, Univ. of Texas Health Science Ctr. at Houston (United States)
Mohammad Madjid, Texas Heart Institute (United States)
Samuel Ward Casscells, Univ. of Texas Health Science Ctr. at Houston (United States)
Scott R. Lillibridge, Univ. of Texas Health Science Ctr. at Houston (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5071:
Sensors, and Command, Control, Communications, and Intelligence (C3I) Technologies for Homeland Defense and Law Enforcement II
Edward M. Carapezza, Editor(s)

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