Read by QxMD icon Read

Surveillance mobile phone

Pernille Bejer Nordentoft, Thomas Engell-Sørensen, Sanne Jespersen, Faustino Gomes Correia, Candida Medina, David da Silva Té, Lars Østergaard, Alex Lund Laursen, Christian Wejse, Bo Langhoff Hønge
PURPOSE: The objective of this study was to ascertain vital status of patients considered lost to follow-up at an HIV clinic in Guinea-Bissau, and describe reasons for loss to follow-up (LTFU). METHODS: This study was a cross-sectional sample of a prospective cohort, carried out between May 15, 2013, and January 31, 2014. Patients lost to follow-up, who lived within the area of the Bandim Health Project, a demographic surveillance site (DSS), were eligible for inclusion...
October 14, 2016: Infection
Abhijit Pakhare, Yogesh Sabde, Ankur Joshi, Rashmi Jain, Arun Kokane, Rajnish Joshi
BACKGROUND & OBJECTIVES: Dengue epidemics have been linked to various climatic and environmental factors. Dengue cases are often found in clusters; identification of these clusters in early phase of epidemic can help in efficient control by implementing suitable public health interventions. In year 2014, Bhopal City in Madhya Pradesh, India witnessed an outbreak of dengue with 729 recorded cases. This study reports spatial and meteorological determinants and, demographic and clinical characteristics of the dengue outbreak in Bhopal City...
July 2016: Journal of Vector Borne Diseases
Jing Zhang, Rohina Joshi, Jixin Sun, Samantha R Rosenthal, Miao Tong, Cong Li, Rasika Rampatige, Meghan Mooney, Alan Lopez, Lijing L Yan
BACKGROUND: Currently there are two main sources of mortality data with cause of death assignments in China. Both sources-the Ministry of Health-Vital Registration system and the Chinese Disease Surveillance Point system-present their own challenges. A new approach to cause of death assignment is a smartphone-based shortened version of a verbal autopsy survey. This study evaluates the feasibility and acceptability of this new method conducted by township health care providers (THP) and village doctors (VD) in rural China, where a large proportion of deaths occur in homes and cause of death data are inaccurate or lacking...
2016: Population Health Metrics
Alexandra Hiscox, Tobias Homan, Collins K Mweresa, Nicolas Maire, Aurelio Di Pasquale, Daniel Masiga, Prisca A Oria, Jane Alaii, Cees Leeuwis, Wolfgang R Mukabana, Willem Takken, Thomas A Smith
BACKGROUND: Increasing levels of insecticide resistance as well as outdoor, residual transmission of malaria threaten the efficacy of existing vector control tools used against malaria mosquitoes. The development of odour-baited mosquito traps has led to the possibility of controlling malaria through mass trapping of malaria vectors. Through daily removal trapping against a background of continued bed net use it is anticipated that vector populations could be suppressed to a level where continued transmission of malaria will no longer be possible...
2016: Trials
Mike B Barongo, Richard P Bishop, Eric M Fèvre, Darryn L Knobel, Amos Ssematimba
A stochastic model designed to simulate transmission dynamics of African swine fever virus (ASFV) in a free-ranging pig population under various intervention scenarios is presented. The model was used to assess the relative impact of the timing of the implementation of different control strategies on disease-related mortality. The implementation of biosecurity measures was simulated through incorporation of a decay function on the transmission rate. The model predicts that biosecurity measures implemented within 14 days of the onset of an epidemic can avert up to 74% of pig deaths due to ASF while hypothetical vaccines that confer 70% immunity when deployed prior to day 14 of the epidemic could avert 65% of pig deaths...
2016: PloS One
May O Lwin, Santosh Vijaykumar, Vajira Sampath Rathnayake, Gentatsu Lim, Chitra Panchapakesan, Schubert Foo, Ruwan Wijayamuni, Prasad Wimalaratne, Owen Noel Newton Fernando
BACKGROUND: Sri Lanka has witnessed a series of dengue epidemics over the past five years, with the western province, home to the political capital of Colombo, bearing more than half of the dengue burden. Existing dengue monitoring prevention programs are exhausted as public health inspectors (PHIs) cope with increasing workloads and paper-based modes of surveillance and education, characterizing a reactive system unable to cope with the enormity of the problem. On the other hand, the unprecedented proliferation and affordability of mobile phones since 2009 and a supportive political climate have thus far remained unexploited for the use of mobile-based interventions for dengue management...
2016: Journal of Medical Internet Research
Pengcheng Liu, Peipei Yang, Chong Wang, Kaiqi Huang, Tieniu Tan
In this paper, we are devoted to solving the problem of crossing surveillance and mobile phone visual location recognition, especially for the case that the query and reference images are captured by mobile phone and surveillance camera, respectively. Besides, we also study the influence of the environmental condition variations on this problem. To explore that problem, we first build a cross-device location recognition dataset, which includes images of 22 locations taken by mobile phones and surveillance cameras under different time and weather conditions...
June 23, 2016: IEEE Transactions on Cybernetics
Melissa T Baysari, Elin C Lehnbom, Ling Li, Andrew Hargreaves, Richard O Day, Johanna I Westbrook
OBJECTIVE: To review evidence of the effectiveness of information technology (IT) interventions to improve antimicrobial prescribing in hospitals. METHOD: MEDLINE (1950-March 2015), EMBASE (1947-March 2015) and PubMED (1966-March 2015) were searched for studies where an IT intervention involving any device (e.g. computer, mobile phone) was evaluated in practice. All papers were assessed for quality using a 10-point rating scale. RESULTS: We identified 45 articles that evaluated an IT intervention to improve antimicrobial prescribing in hospitals...
August 2016: International Journal of Medical Informatics
James Lester, Sarah Paige, Colin A Chapman, Mhairi Gibson, James Holland Jones, William M Switzer, Nelson Ting, Tony L Goldberg, Simon D W Frost
Syndromic surveillance, the collection of symptom data from individuals prior to or in the absence of diagnosis, is used throughout the developed world to provide rapid indications of outbreaks and unusual patterns of disease. However, the low cost of syndromic surveillance also makes it highly attractive for the developing world. We present a case study of electronic participatory syndromic surveillance, using participant-mobile phones in a rural region of Western Uganda, which has a high infectious disease burden, and frequent local and regional outbreaks...
2016: PloS One
Jennifer Cantrell, Ollie Ganz, Vinu Ilakkuvan, Michael Tacelosky, Jennifer Kreslake, Joyce Moon-Howard, Angela Aidala, Donna Vallone, Andrew Anesetti-Rothermel, Thomas R Kirchner
BACKGROUND: In tobacco control and other fields, point-of-sale surveillance of the retail environment is critical for understanding industry marketing of products and informing public health practice. Innovations in mobile technology can improve existing, paper-based surveillance methods, yet few studies describe in detail how to operationalize the use of technology in public health surveillance. OBJECTIVE: The aims of this paper are to share implementation strategies and lessons learned from 2 tobacco, point-of-sale surveillance projects to inform and prepare public health researchers and practitioners to implement new mobile technologies in retail point-of-sale surveillance systems...
July 2015: JMIR Public Health and Surveillance
Linh Thuy Dang, Nguyen Cong Vu, Thiem Dinh Vu, Spencer L James, Peter Katona, Lindsay Katona, Joseph M Rosen, Cuong Kieu Nguyen
BACKGROUND: In Vietnam, infectious disease surveillance data are collected via a paper-based system through four government tiers leading to a large delay. Meanwhile, mobile phones are abundant and very popular in the country, and known to be a useful tool in health care worldwide. Therefore, there is a great potential for the development of a timely disease surveillance system through the use of mobile phone short message service (SMS) text messages. OBJECTIVE: This study aims to explore insights about the feasibility and practicalities of the utilization of SMS text messaging-based interventions in disease-reporting systems by identifying potential challenges and barriers in the text messaging process and looking at lessons learned...
2016: JMIR MHealth and UHealth
Nick W Ruktanonchai, Darlene Bhavnani, Alessandro Sorichetta, Linus Bengtsson, Keith H Carter, Roberto C Córdoba, Arnaud Le Menach, Xin Lu, Erik Wetter, Elisabeth Zu Erbach-Schoenberg, Andrew J Tatem
BACKGROUND: Numerous countries around the world are approaching malaria elimination. Until global eradication is achieved, countries that successfully eliminate the disease will contend with parasite reintroduction through international movement of infected people. Human-mediated parasite mobility is also important within countries near elimination, as it drives parasite flows that affect disease transmission on a subnational scale. METHODS: Movement patterns exhibited in census-based migration data are compared with patterns exhibited in a mobile phone data set from Haiti to quantify how well migration data predict short-term movement patterns...
2016: Malaria Journal
Daniel Rh Thomas, Christopher J Williams, Ushan Andrady, Valerie Anderson, Sioned Humphreys, Claire M Midgley, Laia Fina, Noel Craine, Gary Porter-Jones, Alison Wilde, Chris Whiteside
OBJECTIVES: To describe an outbreak of infectious syphilis in rural North Wales and the control measures implemented. METHODS: Following reports of an increase of syphilis in North Wales, a multidisciplinary Outbreak Control Team (OCT) was established. A multilevel prevention and control response was initiated, including: active case surveillance, partner notification and treatment, sexual network analysis, awareness raising with professionals and affected communities, point-of-care syphilis testing at a sauna and a health promotion campaign targeting users of men who have sex with men (MSM) social network mobile phone applications (apps)...
August 2016: Sexually Transmitted Infections
David J Meyers, Al Ozonoff, Ashma Baruwal, Sami Pande, Alex Harsha, Ranju Sharma, Dan Schwarz, Ryan K Schwarz, Deepak Bista, Scott Halliday, Duncan S R Maru
BACKGROUND: Surveillance systems are increasingly relying upon community-based or crowd-sourced data to complement traditional facilities-based data sources. Data collected by community health workers during the routine course of care could combine the early warning power of community-based data collection with the predictability and diagnostic regularity of facility data. These data could inform public health responses to epidemics and spatially-clustered endemic diseases. Here, we analyze data collected on a daily basis by community health workers during the routine course of clinical care in rural Nepal...
2016: PloS One
Peter Hull, Limin Mao, Garrett Prestage, Iryna Zablotska, John de Wit, Martin Holt
BACKGROUND: Mobile phone apps are now the most popular method that Australian gay men use to find sex partners. Partner-seeking mobile phone apps use location functions to identify like-minded men and display their proximity. This study examines whether meeting partners via mobile apps is associated with a greater risk of HIV and sexually transmitted infections (STIs) than with other ways of meeting partners. METHODS: Data were analysed from the Gay Community Periodic Surveys, community-based, cross-sectional surveys conducted in Australian state capital cities between 2010 and 2014...
April 19, 2016: Sexually Transmitted Infections
Zacharia Mtema, Joel Changalucha, Sarah Cleaveland, Martin Elias, Heather M Ferguson, Jo E B Halliday, Daniel T Haydon, Gurdeep Jaswant, Rudovick Kazwala, Gerry F Killeen, Tiziana Lembo, Kennedy Lushasi, Alpha D Malishee, Rebecca Mancy, Matthew Maziku, Eberhard M Mbunda, Geofrey J M Mchau, Roderick Murray-Smith, Kristyna Rysava, Khadija Said, Maganga Sambo, Elizabeth Shayo, Lwitiko Sikana, Sunny E Townsend, Honorathy Urassa, Katie Hampson
Katie Hampson and colleagues describe their experience of developing and deploying a large-scale rabies surveillance system based on mobile phones in southern Tanzania.
April 2016: PLoS Medicine
Sheraz Ahmed, Shabina Ariff, Sajid Bashir Soofi, Amjad Hussain, Aneeta Hotwani, Muhammad Yaqoob, Shahida M Qureshi, Imran Ahmed, Mohammad Shahidul Islam, Samir K Saha, Zulfiqar A Bhutta
BACKGROUND: The Aetiology of Neonatal Infection in South Asia (ANISA) study is a population-based study with sites in Bangladesh, India and Pakistan. It aims to determine community-acquired incidence, etiology and associated risk factors for neonatal infections. Matiari, a rural site in Pakistan, was chosen for the study due to its high neonatal mortality rate and the presence of an established pregnancy and birth surveillance system. This article summarizes various challenges, remedial measures taken and lessons learned during the implementation of the ANISA study protocol in the unique rural setting of Matiari where the majority of births take place at home and accessibility to health care is limited...
May 2016: Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal
Nick W Ruktanonchai, Patrick DeLeenheer, Andrew J Tatem, Victor A Alegana, T Trevor Caughlin, Elisabeth Zu Erbach-Schoenberg, Christopher Lourenço, Corrine W Ruktanonchai, David L Smith
Humans move frequently and tend to carry parasites among areas with endemic malaria and into areas where local transmission is unsustainable. Human-mediated parasite mobility can thus sustain parasite populations in areas where they would otherwise be absent. Data describing human mobility and malaria epidemiology can help classify landscapes into parasite demographic sources and sinks, ecological concepts that have parallels in malaria control discussions of transmission foci. By linking transmission to parasite flow, it is possible to stratify landscapes for malaria control and elimination, as sources are disproportionately important to the regional persistence of malaria parasites...
April 2016: PLoS Computational Biology
Yuval Cavari, Or Kaplan, Aviva Zander, Guy Hazan, Yonat Shemer-Avni, Abraham Borer
BACKGROUND: Mobile phones are commonly used by healthcare workers (HCW) in the working environment, as they allow instant communication and endless resource utilisation. Studies suggest that mobile phones have been implicated as reservoirs of bacterial pathogens, with the potential to cause nosocomial infection. This study aimed to investigate the presence of Respiratory Syncytial Virus, Adenovirus and Influenza Virus on HCWs mobile phones and to identify risk factors implied by HCWs practice of mobile phones in a clinical paediatric environment...
2016: Infectious Diseases
Sisay G Tegegne, Pascal MKanda, Yared G Yehualashet, Tesfaye B Erbeto, Kebba Touray, Peter Nsubuga, Richard Banda, Rui G Vaz
BACKGROUND: An accountability framework is a central feature of managing human and financial resources. One of its primary goals is to improve program performance through close monitoring of selected priority activities. The principal objective of this study was to determine the contribution of a systematic accountability framework to improving the performance of the World Health Organization (WHO)-Nigeria polio program staff, as well as the program itself. METHODS: The effect of implementation of the accountability framework was evaluated using data on administrative actions and select process indicators associated with acute flaccid paralysis (AFP) surveillance, routine immunization, and polio supplemental immunization activities...
May 1, 2016: Journal of Infectious Diseases
Fetch more papers »
Fetching more papers... Fetching...
Read by QxMD. Sign in or create an account to discover new knowledge that matter to you.
Remove bar
Read by QxMD icon Read

Search Tips

Use Boolean operators: AND/OR

diabetic AND foot
diabetes OR diabetic

Exclude a word using the 'minus' sign

Virchow -triad

Use Parentheses

water AND (cup OR glass)

Add an asterisk (*) at end of a word to include word stems

Neuro* will search for Neurology, Neuroscientist, Neurological, and so on

Use quotes to search for an exact phrase

"primary prevention of cancer"
(heart or cardiac or cardio*) AND arrest -"American Heart Association"