An integrated surveillance system to examine testing, services, and outcomes for sexually transmitted diseases

Brian E. Dixon, Guoyu Tao, Jane Wang, Wanzhu Tu, Sarah Hoover, Zuoyi Zhang, Teresa A. Batteiger, Janet N. Arno

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Abstract

Despite laws that require reporting of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) to governmental health agencies, integrated surveillance of STDs remains challenging. Data and information about testing are fragmented from information on treatment and outcomes. To overcome this fragmentation, data from multiple electronic systems spanning clinical and public health environments were integrated to create an STD surveillance registry. Electronic health records, disease case records, and birth registry records were linked and then stored in a de-identified, secure server for use by health officials and researchers. The registry contains nearly 6 million tests for 628,138 individuals over a 12-year period. The registry supports efforts to understand the epidemiology of STDs as well as health services and outcomes for those diagnosed with STDs. Specialized disease registries hold promise for collaboration across clinical and public health domains to improve surveillance efforts, reduce health disparities, and increase prevention efforts at the local level.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationMEDINFO 2017
Subtitle of host publicationPrecision Healthcare through Informatics - Proceedings of the 16th World Congress on Medical and Health Informatics
EditorsZhao Dongsheng, Adi V. Gundlapalli, Jaulent Marie-Christine
PublisherIOS Press
Pages361-365
Number of pages5
ISBN (Electronic)9781614998297
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2017
Event16th World Congress of Medical and Health Informatics: Precision Healthcare through Informatics, MedInfo 2017 - Hangzhou, China
Duration: Aug 21 2017Aug 25 2017

Publication series

NameStudies in Health Technology and Informatics
Volume245
ISSN (Print)0926-9630
ISSN (Electronic)1879-8365

Other

Other16th World Congress of Medical and Health Informatics: Precision Healthcare through Informatics, MedInfo 2017
CountryChina
CityHangzhou
Period8/21/178/25/17

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Keywords

  • Public health informatics
  • Registries
  • Sexually transmitted diseases

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Health Informatics
  • Health Information Management

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Dixon, B. E., Tao, G., Wang, J., Tu, W., Hoover, S., Zhang, Z., Batteiger, T. A., & Arno, J. N. (2017). An integrated surveillance system to examine testing, services, and outcomes for sexually transmitted diseases. In Z. Dongsheng, A. V. Gundlapalli, & J. Marie-Christine (Eds.), MEDINFO 2017: Precision Healthcare through Informatics - Proceedings of the 16th World Congress on Medical and Health Informatics (pp. 361-365). (Studies in Health Technology and Informatics; Vol. 245). IOS Press. https://doi.org/10.3233/978-1-61499-830-3-361