I just received my copy of the book: Biosruveillance methods and case studies edited by Taha Kass-Hout and Xiaohui Zhang. I first met Taha in cyberspace when he was with InSTEDD, we had started a Google group: Biosurveillance, which we use as a knowledge-base. Their approach to disease surveillance was through “event-based surveillance” and our approach was through “indicator-based surveillance” but both converging at finding signals for timely public health alerts that would advocate early control measures.
We had contributed three chapters in the context of the Real-Time Biosurveillance Program pilot (RTBP) –
- Chapter 9: “The role of Data Aggregation in Public Health and Food Safety Surveillance” – Artur Dubrawski
- Chapter 13: “User Requirements towards a Real-Time Biosurveillance Program” – Nuwan Waidyanatha and Suma Prashant
- Chapter 14: “Using Common Alerting Protocol to Support a Real-Time Biosurveillance Program in India and Sri Lanka” - Gordon A. Gow and Nuwan Waidyanatha.
These chapters written in late 2008 early 2009 carry the conceptual design of the RTBP that is now approaching its completion. I hope that we get the opportunity to publish the wealth of knowledge we’ve gained over the two years, implementing and evaluating the RTBP, in a similar book.