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Recommended tools , resources, and methods. Examples of what can be done, what should be done, and what has been done.
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"To me it's just another tool to help understand the evidence": public health decision-makers' perceptions of the value of geographical information systems (GIS). [Health Place. 2009] - PubMed - NCBI

"To me it's just another tool to help understand the evidence": public health decision-makers' perceptions of the value of geographical information systems (GIS). [Health Place. 2009] - PubMed - NCBI | Medical GIS Guide | Scoop.it
PubMed comprises more than 23 million citations for biomedical literature from MEDLINE, life science journals, and online books. Citations may include links to full-text content from PubMed Central and publisher web sites.
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You begin with a simple research question: Is the distribution of Acquired Hemolytic Anemia (ICD 283.*), a cold temperature-induced phenomenon, latitude or elevation dependent?   Early regional mapping of the U.S.  GIS can help us define disease behaviors down to the smallest details of a population.  We can easily evaluate diseases by age and gender and even ethnicity/race dow to the one year age band.  We can compare these results between countries, regions, states, counties and even townships.  None of this is new.  What is new is the speed at which it can now be done -- hundreds of maps per day, for anything we wish to engage in surveillance for.

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The Foreignness of Germs. Persistant Association of Immigrants and Disease (2002).

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CDC - Manual for Surveillance of VPD - Vaccines

CDC - Manual for Surveillance of VPD - Vaccines | Medical GIS Guide | Scoop.it
CDC Pubs: Manual for The Surveillance of Vaccine-Preventable Diseases: The Surveillance-Manual
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BMC Public Health | Full text | Timeliness of National Notifiable Diseases Surveillance System in Korea: a cross-sectional study

With the increase of international travels, infectious disease control is gaining a greater importance across regional borders. Adequate surveillance system function is crucial to prevent a global spread of infectious disease at the earliest stage.
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Citation.  Hyo-Soon Yoo, Ok Park, Hye-Kyung Park, Eun-Gyu Lee, Eun-Kyeong Jeong, Jong-Koo Lee and Sung-Il Cho.  Timeliness of national notifiable diseases surveillance system in Korea: a cross-sectional study. 

BMC Public Health 2009, 9:93 doi:10.1186/1471-2458-9-93

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Rhinosporidiosis - example of a new spatial modeling routine

http://youtu.be/k8iA46HbUCM Rhinosporidiosis 1234 rhino el 0%
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NPHG: A flexible, reliable surveillance mapping routine.  Still maps and videos can be used to demonstrate disease penetration/migration, healthcare economics, population density/public health data, or even cost and predictive modeling small area analyses.  There are no limits to its applications. [Data modeled specifically for this demonstration.]

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ETE | Full text | The basic principles of migration health: Population mobility and gaps in disease prevalence

Currently, migrants and other mobile individuals, such as migrant workers and asylum seekers, are an expanding global population of growing social, demographic and political importance.
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National Surveillance of Vaccine-preventable Diseases

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Chapter 20.  This is the 3ed; a more recent like the 5th, 2012, is recommended. But . . . the need for this surveillance makes it essential that more aggressive programs be established.  Very few managed care settings reach the 95% success rates with HEDIS combinations 3, 2, and 1.  Even a 85% success for combination 1 is not unreachable nationally.

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