Training

Jurisdictions who participate in BioSense 2.0, or are in the Onboarding process, can refer to this page for technical support and education. This locker will house recorded webinars and demonstrations, fact sheets, and printed materials to assist stakeholders in maximizing their use of the BioSense 2.0 application. We encourage users to check this page regularly, as it will be updated as more materials become available.

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BioSense Webinars

Presenters Soby Tadjalli, Max Worlund, and Travis Mayo present on the new service desk for the National Syndromic Surveillance Program which houses the BioSense application. This Service Desk will enable users the following: Create an account, Submit service desk tickets for technical assistance, and Track your ticket and communicate with the BioSense technical team.

Presenters Caleb Wiedeman and Harold Gil describe some of the processes their organizations use to ensure the quality of data in BioSense v2.0. First, Caleb Wiedeman reviews his normal routine of verifying data quality, including checking the front end of the BioSense v2.0 application for aberrations and drops in visit counts, linking front-end data to the back end using R, and using phpMyAdmin to check daily files. This portion of the presentation focuses on Tennessee’s system and the data they receive from six facilities within a single health system.  Following the data quality checks segment, Harold Gil more broadly discusses the User Community Extension Project (UCEP) group’s work on data quality. The UCEP has focused on developing and sharing tools that complement BioSense functionality and scale across jurisdictions. Viewers will learn about the data quality script the group has been developing over the last several months.

BioSense 2.0 Webinar: Heat-related Illness Surveillance
Fatema Mamou and Bill Storm, epidemiologists from Michigan and Ohio, describe how they conduct HRI surveillance and what they do with the information once it's gathered. They focus on multiple methodologies and systems, including their states' home syndromic surveillance systems as well as BioSense 2.0. By observing the results and queries from multiple systems, you will learn how different syndrome definitions work in differing settings and instances, and you will be able to compare and contrast the definitions. The presenters also describe what their jurisdictions do with the HRI data to address such illnesses. For instance, if epidemiologists in Michigan identify a trend in HRI emergency department visits, what actions do they take? How do those actions compare with or differ from Ohio’s approach? 

The Kansas Experience, Health Information Exchanges, and Onboarding
Public health jurisdictions participating in BioSense 2.0 can be on-boarded in several ways, including one hospital at a time or through a health information exchange (HIE). Onboarding through an HIE can simplify the process and ease the burden on health departments. Kansas began onboarding BioSense 2.0 through an HIE in 2012. In this Webinar, Laura McCrary presents an overview of HIEs in Kansas, including the benefits of using them and how they work. Lou Saadi then discusses the issues from the health department perspective. Her presentation includes information on how to work through the onboarding process and the time and effort involved. This Webinar discusses the future: once BioSense 2,0 is set up, what are the next steps? This portion of the presentation discusses questions about understanding, sorting through, and validating the data. 

For much of the United States, 2014 began with extreme cold and large snowstorms. As a result, surveillance practitioners around the country have been working to identify, gather, and analyze cold weather-related data. This presentation focuses on on data analysis and use for winter weather surveillance in both Indianapolis and Boston.  Marcus Rennick from the Marion County Health Department (Indiana) discusses how emergency department data gathered through local syndromic surveillance, including BioSense 2.0, can be used to examine typical cold-related syndromes, including falls and hypothermia. He also briefly discusses the effects on number of visits to area hospitals.  Kathryn Kinzel discusses winter weather syndromes that the Boston Public Health Commission (BPHC) uses and their associated findings. Finally, Stacey Kokaram adds the perspective of BPHC’s Office of Public Health Preparedness about the way winter weather surveillance is used to support emergency preparedness efforts. She identifies not only how data can be applied to inform preparedness activities, but also the effects on the community at large, including health care entities.

BioSense 2.0 Webinar: Features Update
Nabarun Dasgupta of the BioSense Redesign Team reviews new BioSense functionalities and services as well as discusses how binning occurs. He also previews analytic tools that are being developed. Current BioSense 2.0 users who are familiar with BioSense 2.0 tools and services will find this Webinar instructive, and prospective users will gain a deeper understanding of BioSense 2.0 functionalities.

Creating Syndrome Definitions Using RStudio
Nabarun Dasgupta and Timothy Hopper from the BioSense Redesign Team discuss RStudio, a free and open-source interface for R that users can employ to examine syndromes unique to their geographic or practice area. They guide and assist BioSense 2.0 users with the possibilities of using supplementary technology, so this Webinar will help expand the scope and usefulness of BioSense 2.0.

BioSense 2.0 Webinar: Panel on Influenza-like Illness (ILI) Surveillance
ISDS and the BioSense Redesign Team hosted a Webinar about using emergency department (ED) visit data for Influenza-like illness (ILI) surveillance. It explained the basics of ILI surveillance: how to use chief complaint data, how local, state, and federal public health departments use these data, and why sharing these data in real-time matters.
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Understanding the BioSense 2.0 Fat Pipe Architecture
(Please be advised that from the 28:30 mark to the 35:00 mark of the recording, this Webinar has some audio problems as a result of a bandwidth issue)
The BioSense Redesign Team hosted a webinar on the BioSense 2.0 Fat Pipe Architecture. The webinar was presented by Mike Alletto of the BioSense Redesign Team.
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BioSense 2.0 Governance Group Overview and Updates
The BioSense Redesign Team hosted a webinar to provide an overview of the BioSense Governance Group.  Scott Gordon, Director of Informatics at ASTHO, and Joe Gibson of ISDS, presented the update.
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Getting Started with BioSense 2.0
The BioSense Redesign Team hosted a webinar emphasizing the skills needed to allow users to start working with BioSense 2.0 quickly.  The presentation, hosted by Nabarun Dasgupta of the BioSense Redesign Team, addresses how to:
  • Create, modify, and save commonly used queries
  • Set alerts for receiving emails based on automated statistics
  • Take notes and share queries with your team
  • Make maps using BioSense 2.0 data
  • Search for relevant news media articles related to current outbreaks
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Accessing Your Jurisdiction's Locker in BioSense 2.0
(Please be advised that the first 12 minutes of this Webinar have some audio problems as a result of a bandwidth issue)
The BioSense Redesign Team presented an instructional webinar on how to access and download data from your jurisdiction's locker.  The webinar was presented by Mike Alletto.
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Using Mirth with BioSense 2.0
The BioSense Redesign Team hosted a webinar on using Mirth with BioSense 2.0.   Bill Savage and Mike Alletto of the BioSense Redesign Team covered an overview of Mirth and how it is used in BioSense 2.0, configuring non-HL7 data before uploading into Mirth, and using Mirth to upload data to BioSense 2.0.
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BioSense 2.0 Technical Update
The BioSense 2.0 Team presented a review of some of the technical features of the BioSense 2.0 application. The webinar includes a 30 minute presentation of Data Sharing, Customized Searches, and BioSense architecture, followed by 30 minutes of general questions. Presenters and panelists include Nabarun Dasgupta, Clark Freifeld, Mike Alletto, and Barbara Massoudi of the BioSense Redesign Team, and Sharon Campolucci and Brian Lee from CDC.
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HL7 Messaging
Topics covered in this training include:
  • Understanding the importance of HL7 messaging in terms of Meaningful Use Stage1 and Meaningful Use Stage 2
  • Introduction to HL7 Standards referenced in Meaningful Use, and used for BioSense
  • HL7 version 2.3.1 and version 2.5.1: key characteristics and differences, and their use in BioSense 2.0
  • Key HL7 resources: names, locations, availability, and how to interpret the materials
  • Implementation considerations, including error reporting, migration, and backwards compatibility
Please click the link above to view a recording of this webinar.

Visualization in R for BioSense 2.0
(Please be advised that the final 20 minutes of this Webinar lack the accompanying video as a result of a technical issue that arose on the hosting website) 
The topics covered in this training include frequency tables, scatter plots, correlation plots, box plots, panels with multiple plots on the same page, formatting/customizing plots, and lattice and ggplot2 packages for elegant visualization. Please click the link above to view a recording of this webinar.

BioSense 2.0 Anniversary Webinar
The BioSense 2.0 Team hosted a special webinar to mark the one year anniversary of BioSense 2.0. The webinar highlighted current successes and explored other important aspects such as technical developments and onboarding processes and activities. Please click the link above to view a recording of this webinar.

Follow-up R Training for BioSense 2.0
The topics covered in the training include basic calculations, T-Tests, chi square tests, Fisher’s Exact test, and regression analysis. Please click the link above to view a recording of this webinar.

R Training for BioSense 2.0
The topics covered in this training include an introduction to the R statistical package, downloading and installation of R, data management including importing datasets, generating data subsets, adding new variables, how to generate descriptive statistics, and basic box plots, histograms and scatter plots. The training also includes a demonstration of using R with BioSense 2.0 data in a real example of a public health issue. Please click the link above to view a recording of this webinar.

BioSense 2.0 - Data Transport Mechanisms
ASTHO and the BioSense Redesign team hosted a webinar on May 17 which focused on common data transport mechanisms supported by BioSense 2.0. An overview of several data transport mechanisms available to transport data from health care providers to the application, including NwHIN Connect, Direct, PHINMS, SFTP, Mirth and VPN was provided. Please click the link above to view a recording of this webinar. 

ASTHO and the BioSense Redesign team hosted a webinar on February 24th, 2012 which focused on an overview of BioSense 2.0 as well as the process by which jurisdictions can set up Data Use Agreements for BioSense 2.0.  Please click the link above to view a recording of this webinar.

ASTHO and the BioSense Redesign team hosted a webinar on February 15th, 2012 which focused on the security of data that are
sent in to BioSense 2.0.  The webinar was presented by Mike Alletto.  Please click the link above to view a recording of this webinar. 

Public Health Surveillance in the Internet Cloud: The BioSense 2.0 Experience
This ISDS sponsored webinar, held on February 9, 2012, introduces some basic principles of cloud computing and presents details about the government cloud services of the BioSense 2.0 environment, which includes both a platform that State and Local Health Departments can elect to use (Platform as a Service or PaaS), as well as tested software and services (Sofware as a service of SaaS) capabilities. The BioSense 2.0 environment received an Authorization to Operate (ATO) from CDC; it has been through CDC's Certification & Accreditation process, and meets Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA)-MODERATE requirements, which are addressed in this webinar. Please click the link above to view a recording of this webinar.

BioSense Rollout and Demo of 2.0 Application and Implementation Details Webinar
This CSTE and NACCHO co-hosted session, held on November 17, 2011, contains an application demonstration and details about the technical components of BioSense 2.0, the implementation process, and the resources available through the BioSense Technical Assistance Team. Please click the link above to view a recording of this webinar.
 
BioSense Surveillance Uses Webinar: How the Centers for Disease Control Utilized BioSense 1.0 Data
This webinar, held by CSTE on October 25, 2011, details ways the CDC used data from BioSense 1.0 for federal-level public health activities. Please click the link above to view a recording of this webinar.

BioSense 2.0 Redesign Webinar: Valuable Uses of Syndromic Surveillance Data
This CSTE and NACCHO-sponsored webinar held on October 11, 2011, showcases valuable uses of emergency room data for public health. The Florida Department of Health and the Boston Public Health Commission present examples of how emergency department data from their respective syndromic surveillance systems impact epidemiology, surveillance, and response in their jurisdictions. Please click the link above to view a recording of this webinar.

BioSense 2.0 Introduction Webinar held by CSTE
CSTE held a webinar on August 17, 2011 to introduce its members to BioSense 2.0. The BioSense redesign is a CDC-led effort involving CSTE, ASTHO, and NACCHO to create a novel, user-driven, nationwide syndromic surveillance system. The webinar included an overview of BioSense, an explanation of CSTEs involvement, and a preview of the latest BioSense application. Please click the link above to view a recording of this webinar.
 

 ISDS Syndromic Surveillance 101 online course
ISDS, in partnership with the Tufts University School of Medicine and Tufts Health Care Institute, created SS101.
The development of these online modules and their accreditation was funded by the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO). 

Course Description:

This series of four learning modules provides an overview of syndromic surveillance: the use of near “real-time” pre-diagnostic data and statistical tools to detect and characterize unusual disease activity for further public health investigation.

Course objectives include:
  • Introduce syndromic surveillance to public health practitioners, physicians and other health care providers who are not familiar with syndromic surveillance.
  • Increase knowledge of syndromic surveillance for other interested practitioners. 
  • Stimulate healthcare provider cooperation and involvement with syndromic surveillance.
The modules feature an audio presentation, accompanied by slides and followed with an evaluation and post-test. Each module is approximately one-hour in length. This activity has been approved for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Contact hours will be awarded for nurses.
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