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PHO Grand Rounds: Evaluation of standardized supports to syndromic surveillance for respiratory diseases to improve the public health response
Tuesday, August 23, 2016 12:00 pm to 01:00 pm
Venue: 661 University Ave, 17th Floor, Toronto, ON M5G 1M1 Boardroom 17-53
Research and Collaboration; Learning and development
City: Toronto
Type: PHO Grand Rounds
Format: In Person; Webinar

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

With the increased use of electronic records and greater computer capacity , local public health has expanded the use of syndromic surveillance within their disease control  programs. 
Many evaluations have shown the variation in practices across public health units, and there are few prospective studies of how effective this form of surveillance is.  
In this presentation, Ian Johnson and Laura Rivera will report on a study which evaluates emergency department data use on respiratory disease  surveillance  at the local health unit level in Ontario. The presenters will discuss the results of this study and implications for practice.  

DISCLAIMER: The opinions expressed by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies or views of Public Health Ontario, nor does the mention of trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by Public Health Ontario.

Presenters: Ian Johnson and Laura Rivera

Ian Johnson is a Scientific Advisor at Public Health Ontario. He is trained as a public health physician and has a master’s degree in epidemiology. He is an Associate Professor at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health.

Laura Rivera was the Research Coordinator for the Syndromic Surveillance Evaluation Study. She has a Master of Public Health (Epidemiology) from the University of Toronto. Laura is currently a Research Associate at the University of Calgary, Cumming School of Medicine.

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