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Methods for Using Data During Large-Scale Health Emergencies
June 24 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
During the COVID-19 pandemic, access to and effective analysis of public health surveillance data was a constant challenge. Effective public health surveillance is a critical element of national and health security, and it requires cross-cutting collaboration across government, academia, and the private sector.
This presentation will review past attempts at using atypical sources for influenza tracking, and explore new modalities being used to address biosurveillance requirements during large-scale health emergencies. Key topics of discussion will include: review of existing capability gaps; description of emerging technologies based on syndromic surveillance, physiological monitoring, wastewater epidemiology and the mining of digital information.
Dr. Hanfling is a board-certified emergency physician and remains on the medical staff at Inova Fairfax Hospital, where he spent 18 years leading emergency preparedness and response efforts in the aftermath of the 9-11 attacks and the anthrax mailings. He was a founding director of the Northern Virginia Hospital Alliance, and served as a medical team manager for Virginia Task Force 1 (Fairfax County, VA) with responses to many of the most notable domestic and international disaster events over the past two decades. He has been appointed to the Standing Committee of the National Academies focused on Emerging Health Threats of the 21st Century, and currently serves as the co-chair of the National Academies Forum on Medical and Public Health Preparedness. He co-chaired the Institute of Medicine committees responsible for developing the work on “crisis standards of care”.
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