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Project Tycho™ Bridges Statisticians and Public Health Practice Professionals in Disease Surveillance

Project Tycho logoIn August, MIDAS’ Dr. Wilbert van Panhuis presented a session at the 2014 Joint Statistical Meetings in Boston, MA. With his invited co-panelists and co-authors, van Panhuis presented “Bridging Statisticians with Public Health Practice Professionals in Disease Surveillance.” The session addressed the lack of agreement among the disease surveillance community on preferred technical methods for public health data monitoring. The authors specified problems routinely facing public health professionals and suggested methods to facilitate sharing of data and solution methods (e.g. Use case needs include data quality checking, anomaly detection, disaster and special event surveillance, and follow-up investigation). Speakers discussed problems generated by monitoring agencies and also datasets for use by the research community. The session featured the Univ. Pittsburgh School of Public Health's Project Tycho, created "to help launch a movement for open access to spatially and temporally granular public health data from around the world." Dataset generation methods including simulation and perturbation methods were also discussed along with use case problem challenges.

 

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