Programming – International Society for Disease Surveillance


ISDS has the following ongoing or past programming areas that are intended to inform, train, or otherwise provide a service to the public health surveillance workforce. online-educational-resources-7256371


ISDS regularly hosts webinars as a way to showcase novel work, highlight achievements in the field, and provide useful training or capacity building information. 

Meaningful Use

ISDS has been a key player in the development of recommendations and position papers on syndromic surveillance meaningful use since 2010. Most recently, ISDS released 2012 recommendations for syndromic surveillance meaningful use using inpatient and ambulatory EHR clinical care data. Learn more about this recent project as well as a bountiful resource list and other ISDS recommendations and publications relating to Meaningful Use. 

Syndromic Surveillance 101

 In 2010 ISDS, in partnership with NACCHO and the Tufts Health Care Institute, created a free online course that serves as an introduction to syndromic surveillance. This four-part course is broken up into 1-hour modules that can be taken individually at your own pace. Learn more about the online course and register for a module at the link above.

Distribute Project

The International Society for Disease Surveillance (ISDS) worked in partnership with the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the Public Health Informatics Institute (PHII) to improve surveillance for influenza-like illness by developing the Distribute syndromic surveillance project. This initiative leveraged the Distribute project, developed and piloted by ISDS, to enhance and support Emergency Department (ED) surveillance in order to make aggregate level data available to experts in public health. Distribute complemented existing surveillance methods by providing a more comprehensive and detailed situational awareness of geographic and age-specific patterns of influenza-like illness. The project ended in May 2012, but the community of practice developed during the project persists with the knowledge gained during the project period. Learn more about Distribute background and participants by following the link above.