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Traditionally, public health surveillance departments collect or access data, generate summary information as tables and figures, write interpretation, and package all components into paper-based surveillance reports. This resource intensive reports production and dissemination process has major shortcomings that usually result in underutilization of information by the users. First, the information is already outdated by the time a traditional surveillance report is available for dissemination. Additionally, they offer no interactivity and the users often have difficulty finding the information they need. To address these surveillance and reporting limitations in Alberta, we have developed a sustainable in-house electronic surveillance dashboards development infrastructure.
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Presenter: Dr. Hussain Usman
Dr. Hussain Usman is currently working with Alberta Health Services (AHS) as Director, Surveillance & Reporting (S&R). His team’s primary role is to create and disseminate public health surveillance and health status information for enabling public health decision making in Alberta. Dr. Usman has training in medicine (MBBS), epidemiology (MSc), public health (DrPH), and public health informatics (Fellowship from CDC, Atlanta) with over 15 years of working experience in public health.
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