Online Program

Integrated approach for enhancing foodborne outbreak surveillance

Monday, November 4, 2013 : 10:30 a.m. - 10:50 a.m.

Timothy Baker, MPH, Northrop Grumman Health IT, Atlanta, GA
Foodborne diseases affect millions of Americans, causing illness and deaths that are often preventable through early detection and response. Public Health continually requires advancing technologies in surveillance for improved timeliness and accuracy in detection and response to threats to human health. An integrated approach spanning the food ecosystem is required. We will design & initiate innovate supplements to the existing foodborne disease information system to enable timely/real-time detection and analysis of foodborne disease outbreak information. The approach realizes the importance of surveillance, early detection and tracking of disease outbreak patterns at the production and food product levels coupled with clinical/laboratory sources of surveillance to continuously monitor emerging threats of disease. Northrop Grumman has been developing disease surveillance solutions, including multiple foodborne disease related systems that strengthen the effectiveness of public health programs at all levels. An integrated and flexible tool set is required to meet this the farm-to-plate progression, and to monitor appropriately. Our approach provides multi-domain data collection, alytics for rapid detection and tracking of early disease patterns, and community level nontraditional information from social media. . We utilize our extensive knowledge in that domain to ensure delivery of the required information and tools to manage/visualize data for monitoring and reporting functions.

Learning Areas:

Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs

Learning Objectives:
Describe the collaborative and agile approach that improves time-to-analysis and increases efficiency during a PH event. Discuss how advanced data visualization can increase understanding of foodborne illness and outbreaks and improve the visibility in the farm-to-plate progression.

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have developed and managed public health programs at the federal, state and community levels for over 40 years. My primary career roles focused on complex, multi-domain issues. I have guided the development of major health IT projects since retirements from CDC in 2006.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.