October 5 @ 4:00 – 5:00 pm
Speaker: Amy Ising, MS
Presented from Duke University
The North Carolina Disease Event Tracking and Epidemiologic Collection Tool (NC DETECT) is a near-real time surveillance system developed by the North Carolina Division of Public Health in collaboration with the Carolina Center for Health Informatics in the UNC Department of Emergency Medicine. Free-text and standardized data from emergency departments, ambulance runs and the statewide poison center are analyzed and used for detection and/or monitoring of infectious diseases, injuries, chronic diseases, behavioral health and other events of public health concern. This presentation will provide a brief overview of the history and development of NC DETECT and highlight recent examples of how it has been used for infectious disease outbreaks, heat-related illness, and Hurricane Irene, among others.
Amy Ising is the NC DETECT Program Director in the Carolina Center for Health Informatics in the UNC Department of Emergency Medicine. She has contributed to the design, development, implementation and maintenance of NC DETECT and its precursor NCEDD since 2000. She is a co-investigator on a wide variety of health informatics and biosurveillance-related research projects, and serves on the HIMSS Public Health Davies committee and the International Society for Disease Surveillance Annual Conference Program Committee. Ms. Ising received a B.A. with Distinction from the University of Virginia, and a M.S. in Information Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.