The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announces $3.7 million in new grants designed to enhance healthcare information in an effort to improve the detection and response to emerging public health threats. The new grants will fund studies at three new Centers of Excellence in Public Health Informatics located at New York City Department of Health and Hygiene; the University of Utah in Salt Lake City; and Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore.
The goal of this funding will be identifying new tools and methods to enhance health information sharing and ultimately lead to the adoption of a nationwide, technology-based, integrated healthcare surveillance system. We hope well be able to detect emerging public health threats earlier and more efficiently, said Dr. Steve Solomon, director of the
These Centers of Excellence will be designing new tools and methods to assist and enhance CDCs BioSense program. BioSense provides real-time biosurveillance for potential health threats through immediate access to data from hospitals and healthcare systems in major metropolitan cities across the nation.
The studies will involve a variety public and private sector partners, including universities, health departments and research organizations. The principal investigator, center, and the studies are listed below:
-- Joseph Lombardo, MS,
-- Farzad Mostashari, MD, New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene,
-- Matthew Samore, MD,
The grants are part of CDC's Health Protection Research Initiative. The goal of the research initiative is to discover strategies and tools that increase the ability of health departments, physicians and other health care providers to promote health and prevent diseases, injuries or disabilities.