The International Society for Disease Surveillance (ISDS) is currently working in partnership with the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the Public Health Informatics Institute (PHII) to improve surveillance for influenza-like illness. This initiative leverages the Distribute syndromic surveillance project, developed and piloted by ISDS, to enhance and support Emergency Department (ED) surveillance in order to make aggregate level data available to experts in public health. Distribute complements existing surveillance methods by providing a more comprehensive and detailed situational awareness of geographic and age-specific patterns of influenza-like illness.
In its proof-of-concept phase, Distribute stood for Distributed Surveillance Taskforce for Real-time Influenza Burden Tracking and Evaluation. This stage was made possible through an award from National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) to ISDS, through its cooperative agreement with the CDC. ISDS partnered with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists (CSTE), the National Association of County and City Health Officers (NACCHO) and the Association of State and Territorial Health Officers (ASTHO). A project advisory board was formed that was composed of representatives from all of the above mentioned agencies to ensure that the work corresponded with the views and needs of local, state, and federal public heath entities.
Arkansas, Arizona, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Massachusetts, Maine, Minnesota, Missouri, North Carolina, North Dakota, Nebraska, New Jersey, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Utah, Virginia, Vermont, Washington [state], Wisconsin, Boston, Denver, New York City, Seattle, Cook County, IL, Eastern Ontario, Hospital A Portland OR, North Central Texas, Oklahoma City County, San Diego County, Tulsa County
Partners and Funding
The project is made possible through an award from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to the International Society for Disease Surveillance (ISDS), through its cooperative agreement with the Public Health Informatics Institute (PHII), through support from the Markle Foundation, and through the efforts of volunteers at ISDS and public health agencies.