Informatics Research Seminar: Bio-Surveillance in the State and Nation

April 11 @ 4:00 – 5:00 pm


Speaker: David D. Potenziani, PhD
Presented from UNC-CH

Broadcast Link: Seminar



The National Collaborative for Bio-Preparedness (NCB-Prepared) is a public-private partnership to develop, test and implement an advanced biosurveillance system beginning in North Carolina. It is a collaborative effort of academic, government, and industry leaders focused on developing a local, bottom-up approach to public health responsiveness and awareness.

The Collaborative has created a comprehensive statewide biosurveillance system to provide early outbreak detection and situational awareness of health events. It supports the health care community to better understand how the biosphere relates to disease activity and threats to human or animal health

NCB-Prepared will increase the speed of response in identifying deleterious agents and events that compromise health, security, infrastructure, agriculture, and economic viability. Public health and emergency management workers can be empowered with an analytical decision-support resource, so they can more readily detect, intercept, predict and help prevent episodes that threaten public health, business, and industry.

NCB-Prepared applies data access and analytic technology to stimulate and enhance data resource sharing between agencies and has created a system that enhances early event detection, situation awareness, and decision support via advanced analytics. Dr. ‘Potenziani will describe the process of incorporation and visualization of novel data resources and demonstrate the use of disparate data and advanced analytics for early detection and situational awareness.


Dr. Potenziani currently serves as executive director of the National Collaborative for Bio-Preparedness. The project uses cloud computing technology as a platform for a new system to detect threats to human health from biosphere. Previously, he was senior associate dean at the UNC Gillings Schools of Global Public Health. He serves as advisor to the American Public Health Association’s Health Informatics Information Technology special interest group. He has served on and chaired the Association of Schools of Public Health Learning Futures Council. He holds a faculty appointment in Health Policy and Management where he teaches health information technology to mid–career professionals.