EHR-based Surveillance Learning Community


The EHR-based Surveillance Learning Community was co-led by NACDD and the Public Health Informatics Institute. It was a series of 60-minute, monthly calls intended for state and local public health departments and their potential data partners including clinical organizations and health information exchanges. The calls focused on relevant topics (e.g., EHR-based surveillance program design and implementation, data analytics) and facilitated discussion and Q & A. The goals of the EHR-based Surveillance Learning Community were to:

  • Build public health capabilities to describe and advocate for the MENDS project and other EHR-based surveillance opportunities
  • Discuss critical implementation issues such as articulating the rationale, developing a compelling value proposition, securing executive sponsorship, developing effective and inclusive governance, using effective project management and change management methods, and identifying enablers and common barriers
  • Enable peer-to-peer learning through webinars and open discussion
  • Help NACDD to understand the challenges and and opportunities for growth in EHR-based surveillance and project governance

Call Recordings and Materials

July 2020 – “EHR-Based Surveillance Learning Community”

Description: Modeling – a continuation of the discussion of Statistical Tools for EHR-based surveillance. The call will includes an introduction to using modeling to generate surveillance information from EHR data.

Speakers: Tom Chen, Harvard School of Public Health

Click links to access: Presentation Slides | Recording

June 2020  – “EHR-Based Surveillance Learning Community”

Description: Weighting – a discussion of statistical tools for EHR-based surveillance. The call includes an introduction to weighting EHR-based estimates and why this is important for accurate interpretation of EHR data.

Speakers: Emily Kraus, Public Health Informatics Institute; Liza Reifler, Kaiser Permanente Colorado

Click links to access: Presentation Slides | Recording

March – May 2020 – cancelled due to COVID-19 response

February 2020 – “EHR-Based Surveillance Learning Community”

Description: This month’s topic is the highly requested discussion of Using Case Definitions for EHR-based Surveillance. The call includes an introduction to electronic case definitions, using standards and indicators, and creating your own definitions.

Speakers: Hilary Wall (CDC) and Dr. Joseph Gibson (Marion County Public Health, Indiana)

Click the links to access: Speaker BiosPresentation Slides | Recording

January 2020 – “EHR-Based Surveillance Learning Community”

Description: The rapid adoption of health information technologies in the U.S. over the past decade has had profound impacts, including increasing accessibility of digital health information for a wide variety of purposes. This month’s topic is an overview of the health information technology landscape in the U.S. and its impact on healthcare, public health surveillance, and population health improvement. It includes a presentation by Dr. Noam Arzt, Ph.D., FHIMSS, FAMIA from HLN Consulting, on the state of Health Information Exchanges in the country.

Speakers: Bill Brand (Public Health Informatics Institute); Dr. Naom Arzt (HLN Consulting)

Click the links to access: Presentation Slides |  Recording*

*Start of recording delayed. Please review slides for full presentation.

December 2019 – “EHR-Based Surveillance Learning Community”

Description: This month’s topic is analysis and visualization reporting tools, including a demonstration by Sara Schmidt and Greg Budney of the CHORDS (Colorado Health Observation Regional Data Service) dashboard and maps. Additionally, Dr. Noelle Cocoros will share options for visualizing EHR data via RiskScape.

Speakers: Bill Brand (Public Health Informatics Institute); Sara Schmitt (Colorado Health Institute) and Greg Budney (Denver Public Health); and Dr. Noelle Cocoros (Harvard Medical School and Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Institute)

Click the links to access: Speaker Bios |  Presentation Slides |  Recording

November 2019 – “EHR-Based Surveillance Learning Community”

Description: November’s call included practical tips to help with building support for EHR-based surveillance for Chronic Disease with Deirdre Browner, from the County of San Diego Health and Human Services Agency, sharing lessons learned from the field. Additionally, we explored critical success factors to implementing surveillance systems for Chronic Disease Surveillance.

Speakers: Bill Brand and Emily Kraus (Public Health Informatics Institute); Deirdre Browner (County of San Diego Health & Human Services Agency)

Click the links to access: Presentation Slides and Recording

Additional Resources: You can find guidance on creating a project charter and conducting a stakeholder analysis in PHII’s Toolkit for Planning an EHR-based Surveillance Program here.

October 2019 – “EHR-Based Surveillance Learning Community”

Description: Presentations on EHR-based Surveillance for Chronic Disease, with an example from the Utah Department of Health, and the Multi-State EHR-based Network for Disease Surveillance (MENDS) Project.

Speakers: Bill Brand and Emily Kraus (Public Health Informatics Institute); Theron Jeppson (Utah Department of Health)

Click the links to access: Presentation Slides and Recording

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