The Surveillance Window - Contextualizing Data Streams

Kirsten McCabe, Lauren Castro, Mac Brown, William Daniel, Eric Nick Generous, Kristen Margevicius, Alina Deshpande


To aid in developing a global biosurveillance program, it is critical to develop a framework to capture and understand the myriad of data streams and evaluate them in context of surveillance goals. Toward this goal, Los Alamos National Laboratory has developed a new method of evaluating the effectiveness of data stream types through the use of a novel concept called the surveillance window, a technique that integrates operational systems analysis, surveillance system analysis and epidemiological analysis. In this presentation application of this methodology to Foot and Mouth Disease, Ebola and Influenza and E.coli related gastrointestinal disease surveillance will be demonstrated.

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Online Journal of Public Health Informatics * ISSN 1947-2579 *