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Public Health Informatics

          Public Health Informatics at APL: Guest Editorís Introduction
          J. S. Lombardo

          The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory
          Center of Excellence in Public Health Informatics
          J. S. Lombardo

          The Tradeoffs Driving Policy and Research Decisions in Biosurveillance
          H. S. Burkom, W. A. Loschen, Z. R. Mnatsakanyan, and J. S. Lombardo

          Developments in the Roles, Features, and Evaluation of
          Alerting Algorithms for Disease Outbreak Monitoring
          H. S. Burkom, Y. Elbert, S. F. Magruder, A. H. Najmi, W. Peter,
          and M. W. Thompson

          Decision Support Models for Public Health Informatics
          Z. R. Mnatsakanyan and J. S. Lombardo

          Methods for Information Sharing to Support Health Monitoring
          W. A. Loschen

          Public Health Surveillance for Mass Gatherings
          J. S. Lombardo, C. A. Sniegoski, W. A. Loschen,
          M. Westercamp, M. Wade, S. Dearth, and G. Zhang

          A Method for Generation and Distribution of Synthetic Medical
          Record Data for Evaluation of Disease-Monitoring Systems
          J. S. Lombardo and L. J. Moniz

          The Potential Utility of Electronic Disease Surveillance Systems in
          Resource-Poor Settings
          S. H. Lewis and J.-P. Chretien

          The Pandemic Influenza Policy Model, a Planning Tool for Military
          Public Health Officials
          B. H. Feighner, S. P. Murphy, and J. F. Skora

          Enhancing Public Health Disease Surveillance Capability: Exercising
          the National Capital Region Syndromic Surveillance Network
          R. S. Holtry

          Air Quality Effects on Health-Indicator Data in Disease
          Outbreak Surveillance
          S. M. Babin, H. S. Burkom, R. S. Holtry, N. R. Tabernero,
          and J. O. Davies-Cole

          Drinking Water Security and Public Health Disease
          Outbreak Surveillance
          S. M. Babin, H. S. Burkom, Z. R. Mnatsakanyan, L. C. Ramac-Thomas,
          M. W. Thompson, R. A. Wojcik, S. H. Lewis, and C. Yund


          Publications, Presentations, and Conferences with Proceedings
          Compiled by L. M. Mercer

          Inside Front Cover Editorial Information

          Inside Back Cover Illustration
The Cover: This issue of the Technical Digest features articles on public health informatics and disease surveillance advances being performed at APL. Shown on the back cover are historical images of memorable public health events. The upper image is surveillance for the disease trachoma being carried out by public health inspectors on immigrants entering the United States via Ellis Island. For centuries, this form of surveillance was used to the limit the entry of persons thought to be diseased. The lower image shows a temporary hospital at Camp Funston, Kansas, during the Spanish influenza outbreak of 1918. The 1918 strain was a highly virulent form of avian influenza that was believed to have infected one-third of the world’s population. A new strain of avian influenza currently is causing high mortality in bird populations. This strain has the potential to cross over into a highly communicable human form of the virus. Human interaction with diseased bird populations, as shown on the front cover, could be the mechanism by which the new strain is formed. Surveillance and rapid identification of deadly strains have become priorities for public health professionals.

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