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The 2016 Annual ISDS Conference was held in Atlanta, GA, USA, December 6-8, 2016. Approximately 375 practitioners attended nearly 100 presentations of original current research, visited a poster session with 90 authors and presenters and hear keynote addresses from Dr. David Heymann and Dr. Chesley Richards.

All presentations of the conference are published, courtesy of a partnership with the Online Journal of Public Health Informatics and are available for review on their website.

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Daily Program

Keynote Speakers

Dr. David Heymann, MD

Center on Global Health Security, Chatham House, London and Chairman of Public Health England will deliver keynote address on December 7th.

Dr Heymann is currently professor of Infectious Disease Epidemiology, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine; head of the Centre on Global Health Security at Chatham House, London; and chairman of Public Health England, UK. Previously he was the World Health Organization's assistant director-general for Health Security and Environment, and representative of the director-general for polio eradication.

From 1998 to 2003 he was Executive Director of the WHO Communicable Diseases Cluster, during which he headed the global response to SARS, and prior to that was director for the WHO programme on Emerging and other Communicable Diseases.

Earlier experiences at WHO include chief of research activities in the WHO global programme on AIDS. Before joining WHO he worked for 13 years as a medical epidemiologist in sub-Saharan Africa, on assignment from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), where he participated in the first and second outbreaks of Ebola hemorrhagic fever, and supported ministries of health in research aimed at better control of malaria, measles, tuberculosis and other infectious diseases.

Prior to joining CDC he worked in India for two years as a medical epidemiologist in the WHO smallpox eradication programme. He is an elected fellow of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies (US) and the Academy of Medical Sciences (UK), and has been awarded several public health awards that have provided funding for the establishment of an on-going mentorship programme at the International Association of Public Health Institutes (IANPHI).

Dr. Chesley Richards, MD, MPH, F.A.C.P.

Dr. Richards is the Centers for Disease Control Deputy Director for Public Health Scientific Services, as well as the Director of the Office of Public Health Scientific Services.

In these two roles, Dr. Richards is a key advisor to the CDC Director and oversees the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) and the Center for Surveillance, Epidemiology and Laboratory Services (CSELS) with activities that include the MMWR, Vital Signs publications, the Epidemic Intelligence Service and other scientific training programs, the Guide to Community Preventive Services, and a broad range of cross cutting epidemiology, public health surveillance, and laboratory services.

Dr. Richards earned his M.D. from the Medical University of South Carolina, an M.P.H. in Health Policy and Administration from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and is a graduate of the Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) at CDC, the Cancer Control Education Fellowship at UNC Lineberger Cancer Center and the Program on Clinical Effectiveness at Harvard School of Public Health. He completed Internal Medicine (Medical College of Georgia), Geriatric Medicine (Emory University) and General Preventive Medicine and Public Health (UNC Chapel Hill).

Program Chairs

Brian Dixon, Chair, Scientific Program Committee

Brian E. Dixon, MPA, PhD, FHIMSS, is an Associate Professor at the Indiana University (IU) Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health (FSPH) and a Research Scientist at the Regenstrief Institute in Indianapolis, Indiana. Dr. Dixon's research focuses on applying informatics methods and tools to improve population health in clinical as well as public health organizations. His work leverages clinical and administrative data in electronic health records to improve population outcomes, better understand threats to public health as well as care delivery processes, examine public health business processes, and make population surveillance more efficient. Dr. Dixon's research also involves the design, implementation, and evaluation of information infrastructures as well as data quality in support of continuous use of electronic data. As a faculty at the IU FSPH, Dr. Dixon teaches courses on informatics as well as health information exchange to future leaders in clinical and public health.

Additional information on Dr. Dixon and a list of his publications can be found at: https://scholar.google.com/citations?hl=en&user=E6ehgh4AAAAJ

Members of the Scientific Program Committee

  • David Buckeridge, Dorea Fernanda, Teresa Hamby, MSPH, Peter Hicks, Tabeth Jiri, Uzay Kirbiyik, MD, MPH PhD(c), Eric Lau, PhD, Wayne Loschen, Cynthia Lucero-Obusan, MD, CIC, Ian Painter, Julie Pavlin, MD, PhD, MPH, Saurabh Rahurkar, BDS, DrPH, Priya Rajamani, MBBS, PhD, MPH, Mika Shigematsu, Vivek Singh, Lauren Snyder, Kristin Soto,
    Todd Stout, David Swenson, M Ed

David Swenson, M Ed, Chair, Workshops Program Committee

Mr. Swenson is the NH Syndromic Surveillance Project Manager for the state-wide, near real-time Syndromic Surveillance system and the NH point of contact for the NSSP.

Working with Scientific Technology Corporation and the NH Bureau of Infectious Disease Control staff, he developed and maintains this system working with external vendors and internal Department of Information Technology staff. He has been in Public Health for 12 years and during that time helped develop the Final Recommendation: Core Processes and EHR Requirement for Public Health Syndromic Surveillance. He has onboarded all NH hospitals to meet Meaningful Use; been very active in the ICD-10-CM transition participating in the ISDS Community of Practice ICD10 Coding Transition Workgroup to develop the Master Mapping Reference Table or MMRT; and earned a Public Health Informatics Certification from the University of Illinois at Chicago.


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