public health informatics involves the application of disease surveillance and monitoring systems.

ask 1: Review the following sites.

– FluView http://www.cdc.gov/flu/weekly/fluviewinteractive.htm (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.

Click on the first selection to view the ILI & viral surveillance application. Read the disclaimer and check OK. From the next page, review the data for flu test results and influenza-like illness (ILI). In the lower right hand corner under ‘Stacked Column Chart – WHO NREVSS’ select the download data function. Open the CSV data in Excel. See if you can reproduce the stacked column chart in Excel.

HealthMap www.healthmap.org (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.

Go to this site and type in “Zika virus” to see what is going on in the United States. Type in your zip code and check if there any disease alerts near you. You can also download this as an app for your iPhone, iPad or Android.

Much of
public health informatics involves the application of disease surveillance and monitoring systems. These systems collect and provide data for epidemiologists, biostatisticians and other public health professionals to analyze to get a better picture of public health status. Partners in Information Access for the Public Health Workforce http://phpartners.org/health_stats.html (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site. is a collaborative of local, state, territorial, national and private partners that provides up-to-date resources and information for public health professionals. There is a list of many of the widely used surveillance systems, databases, reports and tools in the field compiled by the collaborative. Browse several of the links in each subheading (Tools for Data Collection and Planning, GIS, etc.).

Task 2: create a post with the subject line, “Public Health Data Tools”

Choose one of the resources and write a short paragraph (5-7 sentences) introducing the data tool/resource and explain why it is significant. Also answer the following questions.

  1. How do these tools and data help health professionals and the public?
  2. What do we gain from analyzing this data?
  3. What if we didn’t have these tools available today?

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