17 October 2014

Highlight on 2014 Pre-Conference Trainings

An In-Depth Look at Track 2: 
Biosurveillance and Policy Issues for Experts

Date/Time: December 9, 2014 - 8:00am - 4:15pm

Location: Hyatt Regency at Penn's Landing, Philadelphia, PA

Target Audience
The target audience of this training is healthcare and public health professionals with experience in biosurveillance practice.

This training will provide experience biosurveillance professionals with a forum for learning about and discussing current topics and policies essential to biosurveillance, as well as an opportunity to collaborate with other experts in the field to develop practical, concrete products and tools. It will include panel discussions on natural disaster surveillance and the OneHealth initiative, as well as a plenary roundtable session on the "Meaningful Use"* of electronic health data. In addition, the track will feature breakout sessions to discuss current policy topics, such as ICD-10, data sharing, animal surveillance, and chronic disease surveillance. Ultimately, this trainings is intended to leverage the collective expertise of the group to advance participants' understanding and practice and to allow for a high-quality and seamless translation of the knowledge gained in the workshop within the participants' organizations. *"Meaningful Use" refers to the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Records (EHRs) Incentive Programs, a major component of the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act within the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) legislation. 

Learn more about Meaningful Use here.

Learn more about the 2014 ISDS Pre-Conference Trainings here.

15 October 2014

2014 Ebola Response in the U.S. – Use of Travel History within Clinical Workflow

Invitation for:
Date:    Thursday, October 16, 2014 
Time:    1:00 pm to 2:30pm Eastern Time
 The meeting agenda and the registration information for a special webinar are provided below. 

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When- Date: 10/16/2014 Time: 1p.m. to 2.30p.m. EDT
What- Special Webinar- Public Health and Electronic Health Records Vendor Collaboration Initiative


·         Presentation Title: 2014 Ebola Response in the U.S. – Use of Travel History within Clinical Workflow [45 minutes]
  • Question and Answer Session - [45 minutes]
  • Dana Meaney Delman – Deputy Lead Medical Care Task Force (Ebola Response), Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC)
  • Timothy M. Uyeki- Clinical Team lead (Ebola Response), Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC)
  • Jon White – Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC)
  • Jim Daniel – Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC)
  • Brian Lee- Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC)
  • Laura Conn- Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC)
In light of the confirmed U.S. cases of Ebola in Dallas, there is a lot of attention on electronic health records (EHRs) and their intersection with public health. The EHR vendor community has responded with components within their respective tools to address Ebola and assist within a healthcare environment.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) will convene key stakeholders to encourage collaboration in the development of Ebola electronic screening tools. The CDC Ebola team will review the CDC clinical algorithm and checklist for evaluation of individuals with suspected Ebola Virus Disease (EVD), with the intent to explore the inclusion of travel history and assessment of pertinent clinical signs and symptoms into a electronic format that will alert clinicians to consider the diagnosis of EVD. Additionally, the ONC will lead a discussion on how existing products may be configured to support screening protocols. The presentations will be followed by a Question & Answer session for EHR vendors and public health practitioners.

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 Kindly let us know, if you have questions or need more information by writing to us at meaningfuluse@cdc.gov

09 October 2014

Upcoming NAACHO Webinar – Detecting and Monitoring Disease and Illness Outbreaks

Detecting and Monitoring Disease and Illness Outbreaks 
Data Sources and Systems for Public Health and Emergency Management Officials
Please register for this informative webinar on best practices, lessons learned and resources on how to detect and monitor illness, disease, and syndrome trends and outbreaks. This webinar is hosted by the First Responders Group – US Department of Homeland Security Science And Technology Directorate and co-sponsored by the National Information Sharing Consortium (NISC). Information regarding speakers and registration is below.
Date and Time:
Thursday, October 23, 2014
1:00 PM EDT
Registration Link:
Presenters:Dr. Michael JhungMedical Officer, Influenza Division, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Dr. Teresa QuituguaDeputy Director, National Biosurveillance Integration Center, Office of Health Affairs
U.S. Department of Homeland Security
LT Cody ThorntonProgram Manager, Division of International Health Security
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services