South East Health Integrated Information Portal

SHIIP is a secure web application that allows and encourages the coordination of care for patients in Southern Ontario. Coordination is enabled by the inclusion of many real-time and near real-time data feeds alongside an electronic Coordinated Care Plan (CCP). SHIIP aims to decrease system resource utilization while increasing the quality of care.

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Tri-national Heat Surveillance

KM is working with the Commission for Environmental Cooperation, Health Canada, the US CDC, Mexico’s Federal Commission for the Protection Against Sanitary Risk (Cofepris), and Ottawa Public Health to produce a guide for North American communities to implement syndromic surveillance for extreme heat events. Ultimately, this project aims to improve heat resiliency and overall capacity to adapt to the weather changes expected with climate change in the participating communities. Syndromic surveillance provides the enhanced situational awareness needed to support public health resource allocation and emergency services, as well as helping to identify heat-vulnerable populations.

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Urban Heat Islands

One consequence of the projected effects of climate change is the increase in the intensity, frequency, and duration of heatwaves. Extreme heat is responsible for more deaths than any other form of severe weather, and the urban heat island effect makes cities even hotter than surrounding rural areas. Both urban planners and public health/emergency respondents need tools to understand the heat distribution in cities in order to (1) build cooler, more heat resilient cities, and (2) prevent and protect the most vulnerable from the health effects of extreme heat. KM, with Health Canada, used satellite imagery to calculate a predictive model of surface temperature maps of urban Ontario, and made them available as the Urban Heat Module in PHIMS, to provide the information needed to promote heat adaptation in our communities.

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Three Hospitals and Two Health Units in Eastern Ontario Join ACES

The ACES project continues to expand into Eastern Ontario.  Carleton Place and District Memorial Hospital, Queensway Carleton Hospital, and Arnprior and District Memorial Hospital have all officially become connected to the ACES system. With these additions, two new Health Units are now also participating in ACES – Ottawa Public Health and Renfrew County and District

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KFLAPHI Presents at the Workshop on Syndromic Surveillance of Health and Climate-Related Impacts

On March 18th, Dr. Paul Belanger presented at the Workshop on Syndromic Surveillance of Health and Climate-Related Impacts hosted by KFL&A Public Health with support from Health Canada and financial contributions from Queen’s University Department of Family Medicine. The workshop brought together public health practitioners, epidemiologists, emergency management officials, and environmental health experts to discuss

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Syndromic Surveillance Workshop March 17th and 18th at KFL&A Public Health

KFL&A Public Health, in partnership with national and international health authorities, is hosting a Workshop on Syndromic Surveillance of Health and Climate-Related Impacts on March 17th and 18th. This exciting initiative will bring together public health practitioners, epidemiologists, emergency management officials, environmental health experts, and others to share lessons learned and best practices for the

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Emergency department surveillance as a proxy for the prediction of circulating respiratory viral disease in Eastern Ontario

Dr. Geoffrey Hall, Thomas Krahn, Dr. Anna Majury, Adam van Dijk, Dr. Gerld Evans, Dr. Kieran Moore, and Allison Maier’s paper investigating the use of ED syndromic surveillance as a method to track the incidence of respiratory viral disease in the community was published in the autumn issue of the Canadian Journal of Infectious Diseases

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‘The Socio-Economic Composition of Low Acuity Emergency Department Users in Ontario

With colleagues Dr. Nancy Van Stone and Dr. Jaelyn Caudle, Drs. Belanger and Moore recently completed an analysis of the socioeconomic status of low acuity ED users in Ontario. See: Van Stone, N, P Belanger, K Moore, and JM Caudle (2013) ‘The Socio-Economic Composition of Low Acuity Emergency Department Users in Ontario,” Canadian Family Physician

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