As part of AMIA's ongoing COVID-19 Webinar Series exploring the role informatics experts are playing in the fight against the global pandemic, this session will discuss the use of informatics by public health agencies to assist in determining where best to allocate resources to maximize health efficiency and efficacy. Public health informatics has been essential in the systematic, coordinated mobilization to support COVID-19 outbreak management. The discussion will include the challenges of meeting rapidly-evolving requirements while maintaining high-quality, pre-pandemic and pandemic health care.
Computer modeling, contact tracing, tracking, and other informatics tools are taking on COVID-19 to simulate the disease course, predict how the disease will unfold, and to identify how it can best be tackled. Some variables include key numbers such as the disease incubation period, how quickly the virus spreads through the population, and the case-fatality ratio. These numbers and others are critical in managing populations and determining policies to control disease spread. This webinar will include a discussion of case management, disease modeling, and guidance for the deployment of resources.
Additional webinars in this Series will be announced shortly and will be produced over the course of several weeks. These webinars are for both members and should-be members of AMIA. Please feel free to pass along to colleagues and promote publicly.
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Brian Dixon, MPA, PhD
John Loonsk, MD
Adjunct Associate Professor, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
Consulting Chief Medical Informatics Officer, Association of Public Health Laboratories
Paul Halverson, DrPH, FACHE
Indiana University Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health
Nathaniel Hupert, MD, MPH
Weill Cornell Medical College
Jessie Tenenbaum, PhD
Chief Data Officer
North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services
About the Series
AMIA's COVID-19 Webinar Series highlights how the informatics community is addressing this global pandemic from all angles. From front-line informaticians and public health informaticists, to clinical and bioinformatics researchers, AMIA's members are uniquely positioned to leverage data and evidence in the fight against COVID-19.
We will look at the pandemic through a health informatics lens and is designed to share informatics responses to the COVID-19 pandemic. Panelists will share their specific domain expertise, including clinical informatics, public health informatics, translational bioinformatics, clinical research informatics, and consumer health informatics. We will also have special emphasis webinars covering topics related to global health, telemedicine, and public policy during the COVID-19 pandemic.