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Getting Started on the Community Forums 0 E. Lamb Welcome to the Community Forums! First, we would like to thank you for playing a critical role in the growth and vitality of our online community. We hope that you enjoy what the Community Forums have to offer and that you are an active member of what continues to be a vibrant, informative, and supportive aspect of our community. Communication and interaction are fundamental to the success of any community and the aim of the Community Forums is to bring members closer together to share comments, questions, and ideas for improving public health surveillance across a wide range of domains. Getting Started:  You must be signed into an account on www.healthsurveillance.org to post to a forum. If you do not have an account, please click here to register (Note: ISDS membership is not required). 1.     How to create a new topic/thread in an existing forum – to post a new topic/thread to a forum, click on the forum name and click on "New Topic" in the middle of the grey menu bar. Click here for a short video demonstration. 2.     How to reply to a topic/thread on an existing forum– click on the topic name within a forum and click on “Reply” in the middle of the grey menu bar. 3.     How to subscribe to forum/thread updates to be notified when someone posts to a forum or thread – Click here for a short video demonstration a.     To subscribe to Forum updates, click on the forum name and then click “Forum Actions” in the grey menu bar. Select “Subscribe to Instant Updates” from the dropdown menu.  b.    To subscribe to Topic/Thread Updates, click on the title of thread/topic and click on “Thread Actions” in the grey menu bar. Select “Subscribe to Instant Updates” from the dropdown menu. For additional help, visit the Frequently Asked Questions page on Forums and Blogs.   Community Guidelines: • Be courteous. Please display a positive, friendly attitude and be respectful of other's opinions. The Community Forums are a professional community; comments that are disrespectful to others or otherwise violate what we believe are appropriate standards for professional and civil discussion may be deleted. • Give back. Each time you find help or answers on the forums, please try to help someone else out in return by responding to another’s post. Each and every member of our community has something to contribute. • Be patient. This is a peer support community where our members often have multiple responsibilities, so it may take a little time for people to notice and respond to your request.
by E. Lamb
Thursday, October 18, 2018
Forum Friday 9/21/18 - Using social media to conduct surveillance 3 E. Lamb The initial hype surrounding social media data did not produce routine, automated integration of social media information in most public health surveillance systems, though there have been occasional reports of value in individual circumstances.  Given research findings published in the past couple of years, specifically about the value of social media for local epidemics and other events, we should revisit surveillance possibilities. Last May 24, Mauricio Santillana presented a well-attended webinar on this subject, with recording and slides available at https://www.surveillancerepository.org/digital-epidemiology-designing-machine-learning-approaches-combine-internet-based-data-sources. Among his other recent work, the paper "Accurate Influenza Monitoring and Forecasting Using Novel Internet Data Streams: A Case Study in the Boston Metropolis" is available at https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5780615/, Takeaway points from Mauricio's Sept. 24 email: 1. The methods to leverage disease-related Google search activity to monitor disease tends in countries, states, and cities have improved, well beyond the early capabilities of the now-discontinued tool Google flu trends, in the past few years. 2. The US CDC has welcomed the use of alternative and Internet-based data sources to track and forecast flu activity in the US, in multiple sitial resolutions. 3. Multiple research teams have shown the added value of using information from electronic health records, Twitter micro-blogs, and participatory disease monitoring apps to complement traditional healthcare-based disease surveillance systems. Other groups also have recently published credible findings that the time for routine use of social media may have come.  See the attached papers.  
by H. Burkom
Monday, October 1, 2018
Housing Data Locally 6 D. Bedford We used actual server boxes, no cloud/web-based solutions yet. When we've looked into this in the past, we've encountered both policy issues as well as concern about cost because while the "space" might be affordable, the cost to do a large/frequent transactions in these environments can get expensive.So if you want to use them just as storage space, it may be cost effective, but if you want to actively write/analyze the data, it could be very expensive. That was a few years ago now, so maybe things have changed.
by N. Close
Friday, September 21, 2018
Identifiable Information 0 E. Swartz Good afternoon! Does anybody have access to identifiable syndromic data? Which states and which systems do you use? Thank you!
by E. Swartz
Monday, August 27, 2018
EMS Data Acquisition and Processing-- Standards 3 J. Johnson Thank you for these responses. I'm sorry I didn't see them sooner-- I think I thought I would get an email notification or something. Amy- I will follow up with you.
by J. Johnson
Tuesday, May 8, 2018
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