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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22-February-2008: Epidemiologist Tara Donovan to attend the Public Health Preparedness Summit 2008 in Atlanta, Georgia

Ms. Donovan has been invited to give a poster presentation to contribute to the continuing education program at the 2008 Local, State, and Federal Public Health Preparedness Summit in Atlanta, Georgia. The poster titled An Innovative, Integrated Syndromic Surveillance System for Infectious Disease is available for viewing under the Presentations section.

28-January-2008: KFLAPHI attends Research Day in Kingston, Ontario, hosted by Queen’s Institute of Population and Public Health

Members of the QPHI team (Kate Bassil, Tara Donovan, Adam van Dijk), associated with KFL&A Public Health, will present their respective syndromic surveillance projects. This full-day event provides a venue for Institute members to meet, share their research and explore the diversity of Population and Public Health initiatives currently underway at Queen’s University. Examples are

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18-September-2007: KFLAPHI to attend the Sixth Annual International Society for Disease Surveillance (ISDS) Conference in Indianapolis, Indiana

Members of the QUESST team (Dr. Kieran Moore and Adam van Dijk) will be presenting developments in syndromic surveillance from KFL&A Public Health and QUESST projects on October 11-12th in Indianapolis. This international conference provides an opportunity to network with colleagues from around the world who are making contributions to the research and development as

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14-September-2007: KFLAPHI to Attend the 2007 Canadian Public Health Association’s (CPHA) Annual Conference in Ottawa

Members of the QUESST team (Tara Donovan and Adam van Dijk) will be in attendance and presenting at the 2007 CPHA Annual Conference taking place at The Westin Ottawa Congress Centre from September 16th – 19th. The conference will be jointly held with the Canadian Public Health Geomatics Conference and will identify and highlight the

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13-September-2007: 3D Mapping of Kingston General Hospital

QUESST, affiliated with Kingston, Frontenac and Lennox & Addington (KFL&A) Public Health are collaborating with SSMIC (Sault Ste. Marie Innovation Centre) to generate a 3-D GIS rendering of Kingston General Hospital (KGH). QUESST is interested in viewing staff respiratory and gastrointestinal-related occupational health visits by departments (according to wings and floors) of KGH designated as

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13-September-2007: KFL&A Public Health, Infonaut, SSMIC and ESRI to Build Real-Time GIS Syndromic Surveillance System

Kingston, Frontenac and Lennox & Addington Public Health (KFL&A), Infonaut, Sault Ste. Marie Innovation Centre and ESRI Canada have recently submitted a proposal for significant funding from GeoConnections for the creation of a Geospatial Decision Support System for syndromic surveillance. This project aims to inform health professionals and the public directly about real-time utilization of

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