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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Socioeconomic Status of Emergency Department Users in Ontario, 2003 to 2009

With co-authors Drs. April Tozer and Jaelyn Caudle, Drs. Belanger and Moore’s descriptive paper on the socioeconomic status of Ontario ED users was recently accepted for publication in the Canadian Journal of Emergency Medicine. See: Tozer, AP, P Belanger, K Moore, and J Caudle (2013) ‘Socioeconomic Status of Emergency Department Users in Ontario, 2003 to 2009’

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Spatial Cluster Detection Using Cloud Computing

Drs. Belanger and Moore recently contributed a chapter to a forthcoming text on the spatial and temporal dynamics of infectious disease. Their contribution focuses on how massively scalable cloud computing platforms can be leveraged to detect arbitrarily-shaped spatial clusters of disease. Conventional disease cluster detection methods impose fixed geographic scanning windows (such as circles, ellipses,

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Influenza assessment centres: a case study of pandemic preparedness to alleviate excess emergency department volume

Dr. Geoffrey Hall, Alexander Perry, Adam van Dijk, and Dr. Kieran Moore’s paper investigating influenza assessment centres as a way to reduce excess ED volume during periods of increased demand was published in the Canadian Journal of Emergency Medicine. See: Hall G, Perry A, van Dijk A, Moore KM. Influenza assessment centres: a case study

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18-June-2013: Seven Southwestern Ontario Hospitals Join ACES

The ACES project continues to expand its geographic footprint across Ontario, today making important inroads in Southwestern Ontario as seven (7) hospitals go live on ACES. The hospitals include Windsor Regional, Hotel Dieu, Leamington District, Bluewater Health in Sarnia and Petrolia, and Chatham-Kent Health Alliance in Chatham and Wallaceburg. Together, these seven hospitals provide comprehensive

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6-Apr-2011: Team members make podium presentations at the Ontario Public Health Convention in Toronto, Ontario

Kieran Moore, Adam van Dijk, Paul Belanger, and Dillan Fernando presented at the Ontario Public Health Convention hosted by the Ontario Public Health Association (OPHA), the Association of Local Public Health Agencies (alPHa) and the Ontario Agency for Health Protection and Promotion (OAHPP). The convention combined research presentations and educational workshops, focusing on the exchange

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February-2011: Team Members publish an article in the Journal of Environmental and Public Health entitled “Modeling and Syndromic Surveillance for Estimating Weather-Induced Heat-Related Illness”

Geof Hall and Kieran Moore co-wrote a paper published in the Journal of Environmental and Public Health that looks at the combination of syndromic surveillance with predictive weather-based models as a tool to estimate emergency department visits for heat-related illness. This paper analyzes weather station observations provided by Environment Canada and compares them with EDSS data from

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January-2011: KFLAPHI is a co-investigator for a South East Local Health Integration Network grant entitled “Understanding Health Inequities and Access to Primary Health Care in South East LHIN Region”

Kieran Moore, Paul Belanger, Suzanne Biro, and Amrit Sehdev have started work on a project addressing the identification and elimination of limitations in the access to primary health care experienced by the high-deprivation population in the South East Local Health Integration Network (SE LHIN). This 2-phase project will apply the input of primary health care

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5-December-2008: KFLAPHI Attends the Seventh Annual International Society for Disease Surveillance (ISDS) Conference in Raleigh, North Carolina

Members of the QPHI team (Dr. Kieran Moore, Adam van Dijk and Tara L Donovan) presented developments in syndromic surveillance from KFL&A Public Health and QPHI projects on December 2-5th in Raleigh. Two poster presentations were displayed including Infection Watch Live: A real-time, geospatial mapping tool of hospital triage data for public consumption (Adam van

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13-June-2008: KFLAPHI hosts workshop entitled ‘Exploring Surveillance Opportunities’ in Kingston, Ontario

The team hosted a surveillance meeting on Friday, June 13th, 2008 in Kingston, Ontario in conjunction with KFL&A Public Health. The surveillance topics discussed included pharmacy, occupational health, telehealth, water quality, Emergency Medical Services (EMS), Laboratory data and Geospatial Emergency Department Syndromic Surveillance (EDSS). The meeting provided a venue for information sharing, problem solving, development of

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