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Online Journal of Public Health Informatics

Hale Z. Toklu, Edward Mensah
Pharmacovigilance is the science and activity relating to the collection, detection, assessment, monitoring, and prevention of adverse effects with pharmaceutical products. Pharmacovigilance basically targets safety of medicine. Pharmacists have crucial role in health systems to maintain the rational and safe use of medicine for they are drug experts who are specifically trained in this field. Effective use of pharmacists' workforce will improve the outcome of the pharmacotherapy as well as decrease global health costs...
2016: Online Journal of Public Health Informatics
Christine Elizabeth Friesen, Patrick Seliske, Andrew Papadopoulos
Objectives. Socioeconomic status (SES) is a comprehensive indicator of health status and is useful in area-level health research and informing public health resource allocation. Principal component analysis (PCA) is a useful tool for developing SES indices to identify area-level disparities in SES within communities. While SES research in Canada has relied on census data, the voluntary nature of the 2011 National Household Survey challenges the validity of its data, especially income variables. This study sought to determine the appropriateness of replacing census income information with tax filer data in neighbourhood SES index development...
2016: Online Journal of Public Health Informatics
Holy Akwar, Harold Kloeze, Shamir Mukhi
PURPOSE: To validate the utility and effectiveness of a standardized tool for prioritization of information sources for early detection of diseases. METHODS: The tool was developed with input from diverse public health experts garnered through survey. Ten raters used the tool to evaluate ten information sources and reliability among raters was computed. The Proc mixed procedure with random effect statement and SAS Macros were used to compute multiple raters' Fleiss Kappa agreement and Kendall's Coefficient of Concordance...
2016: Online Journal of Public Health Informatics
Eduard Poltavskiy, J David Spence, Jeehyoung Kim, Heejung Bang
In the modern era, with high-throughput technology and large data size, associational studies are actively being generated. Some have statistical and clinical validity and utility, or at least have biologically plausible relationships, while others may not. Recently, the potential effect of birth month on lifetime disease risks has been studied in a phenome-wide model. We evaluated the associations between birth month and 5 cardiovascular disease-related outcomes in an independent registry of 8,346 patients from Ontario, Canada in 1977-2014...
2016: Online Journal of Public Health Informatics
Michael Popovich, Brandy Altstadter, Lara Hargraves Popovich
The Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act encourages health information exchange between clinical care and public health through Meaningful Use measures. Meaningful Use specifically identifies objectives to support a number of public health programs including immunizations, cancer registries, syndromic surveillance, and disease case reports. The objective is to improve public and population health. Stage 2 of Meaningful Use focused on compliance to sending of information to public health...
2016: Online Journal of Public Health Informatics
Mary Woinarowicz, Molly Howell
Objectives: To evaluate the impact of electronic health record (EHR) interoperability on the quality of immunization data in the North Dakota Immunization Information System (NDIIS). Methods: NDIIS doses administered data was evaluated for completeness of the patient and dose-level core data elements for records that belong to interoperable and non-interoperable providers. Data was compared at three months prior to electronic health record (EHR) interoperability enhancement to data at three, six, nine and twelve months post-enhancement following the interoperability go live date...
2016: Online Journal of Public Health Informatics
Sripriya Rajamani, Aaron Bieringer, Miriam Muscoplat
BACKGROUND: Healthy People 2020 aims to improve population health by increasing immunization rates to decrease vaccine-preventable infectious diseases. Amongst the many strategies, role of immunization information systems (IIS) are recognized by studies and taskforce reports. IIS are unique in their offering of clinical decision support for immunizations (CDSi) which are utilized by healthcare providers. Federal initiatives such as Meaningful Use (MU) and Affordable Care Act (ACA) aim to improve immunization rates through use of technology and expanding access to immunization services respectively...
2015: Online Journal of Public Health Informatics
Julia Eaton, Ian Painter, Don Olson, William B Lober
Secondary use of clinical health data for near real-time public health surveillance presents challenges surrounding its utility due to data quality issues. Data used for real-time surveillance must be timely, accurate and complete if it is to be useful; if incomplete data are used for surveillance, understanding the structure of the incompleteness is necessary. Such data are commonly aggregated due to privacy concerns. The Distribute project was a near real-time influenza-like-illness (ILI) surveillance system that relied on aggregated secondary clinical health data...
2015: Online Journal of Public Health Informatics
Edward Mensah
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2015: Online Journal of Public Health Informatics
Zachary Faigen, Lana Deyneka, Amy Ising, Daniel Neill, Mike Conway, Geoffrey Fairchild, Julia Gunn, David Swenson, Ian Painter, Lauren Johnson, Chris Kiley, Laura Streichert, Howard Burkom
INTRODUCTION: We document a funded effort to bridge the gap between constrained scientific challenges of public health surveillance and methodologies from academia and industry. Component tasks are the collection of epidemiologists' use case problems, multidisciplinary consultancies to refine them, and dissemination of problem requirements and shareable datasets. We describe an initial use case and consultancy as a concrete example and challenge to developers. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Supported by the Defense Threat Reduction Agency Biosurveillance Ecosystem project, the International Society for Disease Surveillance formed an advisory group to select tractable use case problems and convene inter-disciplinary consultancies to translate analytic needs into well-defined problems and to promote development of applicable solution methods...
2015: Online Journal of Public Health Informatics
Denise D Krause
BACKGROUND: There are a variety of challenges to developing strategies to improve access to health care, but access to data is critical for effective evidence-based decision-making. Many agencies and organizations throughout Mississippi have been collecting quality health data for many years. However, those data have historically resided in data silos and have not been readily shared. A strategy was developed to build and coordinate infrastructure, capacity, tools, and resources to facilitate health workforce and population health planning throughout the state...
2015: Online Journal of Public Health Informatics
Erik Escobar, Ryan Durgham, Olaf Dammann, Thomas J Stopka
Recently, the first comprehensive guidelines were published for pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) for the prevention of HIV infection in populations with substantial risk of infection. Guidelines include a daily regimen of emtricitabine/tenofovir disoproxil fumarate (TDF/FTC) as well as condom usage during sexual activity. The relationship between the TDF/FTC intake regimen and condom usage is not yet fully understood. If men who have sex with men (MSM,) engage in high-risk sexual activities without using condoms when prescribed TDF/FTC they might be at an increased risk for other sexually transmitted diseases (STD)...
2015: Online Journal of Public Health Informatics
Sanvidhan G Suke, Prabhat Kosta, Harsh Negi
Pharmacovigilance (PV) plays a key role in the healthcare system through assessment, monitoring and discovery of interactions amongst drugs and their effects in human. Pharmaceutical and biotechnological medicines are designed to cure, prevent or treat diseases; however, there are also risks particularly adverse drug reactions (ADRs) can cause serious harm to patients. Thus, for safety medication ADRs monitoring required for each medicine throughout its life cycle, during development of drug such as pre-marketing including early stages of drug design, clinical trials, and post-marketing surveillance...
2015: Online Journal of Public Health Informatics
Sanjaya Dhakal, Sherry L Burrer, Carla A Winston, Achintya Dey, Umed Ajani, Samuel L Groseclose
Objective Electronic laboratory reporting has been promoted as a public health priority. The Office of the U.S. National Coordinator for Health Information Technology has endorsed two coding systems: Logical Observation Identifiers Names and Codes (LOINC) for laboratory test orders and Systemized Nomenclature of Medicine-Clinical Terms (SNOMED CT) for test results. Materials and Methods We examined LOINC and SNOMED CT code use in electronic laboratory data reported in 2011 by 63 non-federal hospitals to BioSense electronic syndromic surveillance system...
2015: Online Journal of Public Health Informatics
Jeffrey Duncan, Karen Eilbeck, Scott P Narus, Stephen Clyde, Sidney Thornton, Catherine Staes
UNLABELLED: Integration of disparate information from electronic health records, clinical data warehouses, birth certificate registries and other public health information systems offers great potential for clinical care, public health practice, and research. Such integration, however, depends on correctly matching patient-specific records using demographic identifiers. Without standards for these identifiers, record linkage is complicated by issues of structural and semantic heterogeneity...
2015: Online Journal of Public Health Informatics
Lyndal Trevena
Smartphone technology is nascent compared to other technologies; however, it has shown an unprecedented uptake amongst lay consumers and professionals. This article presents the history, components, and key features of smartphones, as well as their related concepts and how they work, and it also delineates the process of smartphone applications (apps) development and publishing in the app stores. It also describes and discusses smartphone technology utilisation for health consumers, healthcare professionals, and health researchers, as well as the regulations of health-related apps...
2015: Online Journal of Public Health Informatics
Qazi Mohammad Sajid Jamal, Mughees Uddin Siddiqui, Mohammad Abdulrahman Alzohairy, Mohammed Abdullah Al Karaawi
The collaboration of public health education and information technology has made patient care safer and more reliable than before. Nurses and doctors use handheld computers to record a patient's medical history and check that they are administering the correct treatment. Fortunately Public Health Informatics (PHI) is the intersecting point of technology and public health. Therefore, the inclusion of online medical and epidemiology databases in the course curriculum of budding medical professionals and postgraduate students would be beneficial in enhancing the quality of health care, extensive epidemiological research, health education, health policies, health planning and consumer satisfaction as well...
2015: Online Journal of Public Health Informatics
Brian E Dixon, Jamie Pina, Hadi Kharrazi, Fardad Gharghabi, Janise Richards
OBJECTIVE: To categorize and describe the public health informatics (PHI) and global health informatics (GHI) literature between 2012 and 2014. METHODS: We conducted a semi-systematic review of articles published between January 2012 and September 2014 where information and communications technologies (ICT) was a primary subject of the study or a main component of the study methodology. Additional inclusion and exclusion criteria were used to filter PHI and GHI articles from the larger biomedical informatics domain...
2015: Online Journal of Public Health Informatics
Shamir N Mukhi, Melanie Laffin Thibodeau, Barbara Szijarto
BACKGROUND: Surveillance of rare diseases in children is an important aspect of public health. Rare diseases affect thousands of children worldwide. The Canadian Paediatric Surveillance Program (CPSP) has been in existence since 1996, and provides an innovative means to undertake paediatric surveillance and increase awareness of childhood disorders that are high in disability, morbidity, mortality, and economic costs to society, despite their low frequency. Traditionally, CPSP used manual paper-based reporting on a monthly basis, which although had an impressive response rate, it had inherent longer processing times and costs associated with it...
2015: Online Journal of Public Health Informatics
Iris Zachary, Suzanne A Boren, Eduardo Simoes, Jeannette Jackson-Thompson, J Wade Davis, Lanis Hicks
Cancer registry data collection involves, at a minimum, collecting data on demographics, tumor characteristics, and treatment. A common, identified, and standardized set of data elements is needed to share data quickly and efficiently with consumers of this data. This project highlights the fact that, there is a need to develop common data elements; Surveys were developed for central cancer registries (CCRs) and cancer researchers (CRs) at NCI-designated Cancer Centers, in order to understand data needs. Survey questions were developed based on the project focus, an evaluation of the research registries and database responses, and systematic review of the literature...
2015: Online Journal of Public Health Informatics
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