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In response to a critical lack of population health information, the Institute of Medicine has called for systems that use a determinants-of-health approach to integrate health and non-health data and provide easy access to health indicators. We have developed and implemented in the Montreal region a Population Health Record (PopHR) that:
1) computes indicators relevant to chronic diseases automatically from health and non-health data
2) allows access to indicators through free-text queries
3) contextualizes indicator values using existing epidemiological knowledge
4) links interventions explicitly to determinants and outcomes.
Working with the Institut national de santé publique du Québec, we are implementing the PopHR on a provincial scale to evaluate its influence on evidence-based public health practice.
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Presenter: Dr. David Buckeridge
Dr. David Buckeridge is an associate professor of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at McGill University where he holds a CIHR Chair in Applied Public Health Research. A Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada with specialty training in Public Health and Preventive Medicine, Dr. Buckeridge practices public health as a medical consultant to the Montreal Public Health Department and the Quebec Public Health Institute. His research and practice focus on the informatics of public health surveillance and disease control.
At McGill, Dr. Buckeridge directs the Surveillance Lab, which is an interdisciplinary group of over 20 students and staff with a mission to develop, implement, and evaluate novel computational methods for public health surveillance. He holds a doctor of medicine from Queen's University, a master of science in epidemiology from the University of Toronto, and a doctorate (PhD) in biomedical informatics from Stanford University.
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