27 July 2011

Distribute Proof of Concept Report Published in PLoS Currents: Influenza

A report on the Distribute Project Proof of Concept phase has been published in PLoS Currents:  Influenza:

The ISDS DiSTRIBuTE project is a case example for a new paradigm in the collection and sharing of public health data. By connecting state and local jurisdictions that conducted electronic, emergency department (ED) syndromic surveillance, DiSTRIBuTE aimed to demonstrate the feasibility and utility of a fast, inexpensive, low burden model for population level respiratory, febrile and influenza-like morbidity surveillance. The effort emerged out of the unique collaborative environment of ISDS, where federal, state, and local public health agencies, academia, businesses, non-profit organizations, and other stakeholders leverage resources and technology to work together to advance the practice and research of public health disease surveillance.

The development and proof of concept phase of the ISDS DiSTRIBuTE project from 2006 to 2009 was supported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) through a cooperative agreement with the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) and the Markle Foundation. Implementation and expansion of DiSTRIBuTE into a nationwide system in 2009 and 2010 was supported by the Markle Foundation, and CDC through a cooperative agreement with the Public Health Informatics Institute.
Citation: Olson DR, Paladini M, Lober WB, Buckeridge DL; for the ISDS Distribute Working Group. Applying a New Model for Sharing Population Health Data to National Syndromic Influenza Surveillance: DiSTRIBuTE Project Proof of Concept, 2006 to 2009 [Internet]. Version 25. PLoS Currents: Influenza 2011 Jul 8 [revised 2011 Jul 21]. Available from: http://knol.google.com/k/don-olson/applying-a-new-model-for-sharing/261w1jjdm6zrb/5#

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