public health informatics is a complex, cutting-edge discipline that isn’t always easy to understand. “Inform Me, Informatics” explores informatics in action through stories that illustrate what this field is all about. From disease surveillance to using data analysis to promote health equity, this podcast uses storytelling to bring public health informatics concepts and theory to life.
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With COVID-19 vaccine deployment on the horizon in the United States and already beginning in some countries, some optimistic experts are saying the worst of the pandemic may potentially be concluding in mid-2021. However, for now, viral numbers are at an all-time high and continuing to climb; just yesterday, December 7, the U.S. reported over 200,000 daily new COVID-19 cases.
As the U.S. COVID-19 pandemic enters its fourth month, both the healthcare system and the public health workforce are stretching to their limits to staff a response. On this episode of the podcast, I'm joined by Dr. Carlos del Rio, infectious disease expert, Emory University professor, and dean of Emory University School of Medicine at Grady Health.
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to spread, informaticians and epidemiologists are leaping into action, doing what they can to attempt to shape the limited amount of data available into meaningful insights. One project that is doing this in a particularly compelling and meaningful way is Covid Act Now, a predictive statistical model that maps the likely spread of COVID-19 state-by-state across the U.S.
In the midst of a global pandemic, one public health issue has eclipsed many others on the forefront of most of our minds: novel coronavirus, or COVID-19. I wanted to better understand how informatics—and public health infrastructure more broadly—could help protect populations from outbreaks like COVID-19, and so in early March, I sat down with Dr. Patrick O'Carroll to ask him about this issue.
Public Health 3.0 describes an innovative model of public health that integrates social determinants of health with health IT and public health informatics. The architect of this plan, former Acting Assistant Secretary for Health and Human Services and the former director of the ONC, Dr. Karen DeSalvo, joined “Inform Me, Informatics” recently to reflect on the legacy of Public Health 3.0 and to share her vision for the future of public health informatics.
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