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PHO Rounds: Epidemiology - Demonstration of decision support tool using laboratory test result data for informed management of STI
Thursday, November 21, 2013 12:00 pm
Venue: 480 University Ave, Suite 300 Toronto, ON M5G 1V2 Boardroom 350
City: Toronto
Format: In Person; Webinar

​Note: This is an open invitation, and may be forwarded to interested parties

This session will provide an overview of the interactive web-based decision support application that integrates up-to-date data and analytic tools for relevant laboratory data on sexually transmitted infections (STIs) to clinicians and management in each local public health unit. The application displays tests for gonorrhea and chlamydia by public health unit, positivity rate, infection site, test method, susceptibility results, gender, and age. Monthly and yearly data is also available. We will discuss the development process, demonstrate the application, and explore next steps.

Presenters: Jim Tom and Vanessa Allen

Jim Tom is Public Health Ontario’s chief information officer (CIO) and is responsible for translating the business direction of PHO into I&IT strategy and action. He works with scientific and medical leads to define strategy for requirements such as disease surveillance and laboratory informatics. Previously, Jim served as CIO of the University of Missouri–St. Louis, chief technology officer of the University of British Columbia’s Faculty of Medicine expansion, in addition to holding other executive roles.

Dr. Vanessa Allen is the medical director of the Public Health Ontario Laboratories. She is an expert in bacterial STIs and food- and water-borne bacterial testing, the co-chair of the Canadian Public Health Lab Network Water Food Safety and Enterics group, and the provincial multidrug-resistant gonorrhea working group. She is also a clinical infectious diseases specialist at Sunnybrook Health Sciences.

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