How do healthcare workers interact with each other on a shift? How often to they see each other? This web-based visualization provides a way to quickly observe how connected certain healthcare worker roles (e.g, nurse, physician) are to each other during the course of a 12-hour shift.
Watch a Flash animation of healthcare worker movement during a single 12 hour shift in the UIHC’s medical intensive care unit (MICU). This animation was created using real world data obtained from our research into the use of mobile sensor network deployments within hospitals.
In the United States sentinel surveillance for diseases such as seasonal influenza are conducted at the state level by volunteer facilities. Of these volunteers, how do we choose optimally located candidates? Ideal locations are those that cover the most people for the least cost while also capturing disease incidence in a way that accurately reflects the greater whole.
Now with a list of candidate zip codes, you can use our online calculator to determine near-optimal placement of sentinel surveillence sites.
Try out our real-time web application for tracking public perceptions of swine flu (requires Firefox or Safari; uses 3rd party cookies).
This application is a part of Social Web Information Monitoring for Health, or SWIM for Health, and is being conducted by Alessio Signorini, Director of Search Technology at OneRiot, CompEpi group member, and computer science PhD candidate; also involved are CompEpi group members Philip Polgreen and Alberto Maria Segre.
Since 1999 the United States has experienced a dramatic increase in the number of new syphilis cases. Syphilis outbreaks are “sentinel events in community health” and “represent a failure in disease control”. One of the many tragedies of this resurgence is that syphilis is actually a very good candidate for eradication. During the mid-1990′s the disease appeared to finally be on the way out; by 1999 situation began to change dramatically.
Click to watch an interactive animation of state-level syphilis data since 1992 and read more about this issue.
How do healthcare workers move within a hospital? How often do they come into contact with each other? How do we visualize and interact with this information in a way to make it meaningful? Such questions are vitally important when considering how disease spreads and persists within hospital environments.
This video shows how multi touch displays can add meaning to the process of exploring outbreak and contact simulations.