28 May 2010

June 2010 Literature Review Presentation

The International Society for Disease Surveillance (ISDS) Research Committee is happy to annouce an online webinar by Anne Presanis, Medical Research Council Biostatistics Unit, Cambridge, UK, presenting their paper "The Severity of Pandemic H1N1 Influenza in the United States, from April to July 2009: A Bayesian Analysis" published in the December 2009 issue of PLoS Medicine.

The presentation will take place during the bi-monthly Literature Review call on Thursday, June 24th, 2010 from 11:00 am to 12:30 pm EST.

Register here.

11 May 2010

Research Committee Webinar: Understanding the Spectrum of Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Data Sources and Their Variation By Community

The ISDS Research Committee is hosting a webinar on Thursday, May 27th, from 12:00-1:30 pm EST on EMS data sources.

There is a saying in EMS that if you've "seen one EMS system, then you've seen one EMS system". Many EMS systems have good or even great data for surveillance and research, but while there are some standards developing for EMS data formats and sharing, very few systems have the capability to share data using them.

Presenters will discuss the current state of 9-1-1/EMS dispatch and field electronic medical records systems, and the changing impact of the official and informal standards and variations of data seen in different communities. In addition, research using EMS data to predict hospital ED overload, and EMS correlation with ILI will also be addressed.

Moderated by: Todd Stout, FirstWatch


Abey Kuruvilla, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
School of Business & Technology
University of Wisconsin-Parkside

Christopher H O Olola, Ph.D.
Director of Biomedical Informatics and Research
National Academies of Emergency Dispatch

Register here.

05 May 2010

Save the Date: ISDS 9th Annual Conference, Park City, UT

We are pleased to announce the International Society for Disease Surveillance's Ninth Annual Conference taking place this year from November 30th to December 2nd, 2010 in Park City, Utah.

This year’s theme is “Enhancing the Synergy Between Research, Informatics and Practice in Public Health.”

We encourage you to join your colleagues in public health, epidemiology, informatics, health policy, biostatistics, and related fields at this event. The conference will offer informative presentations and lively discussions in the following thematic areas:

• Research/Methodology
• Informatics
• Public Health Practice
• Surveillance in New Domains

Please check the website regularly at for details on registration and abstract submissions.