Development of a web-available epidemiological surveillance system integrating geographic information: The public health emergencies support system at the portuguese general directorate for health

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Abstract

The application of geographic information tools in Public Health management already includes many areas of study, one of which deals with the integration of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) in epidemiological surveillance systems, with the objective of aiding Public Health officials in decisionmaking. Some of these systems are already operational in several countries, acting in various spatial and temporal scales, and with different levels of priority. The present article introduces the development of a Public Health spatial data management infrastructure within the Portuguese General Directorate of Health, baptized Public Health Emergencies Support System and essentially aimed at performing epidemiological surveillance tasks. This is a multiplatform environment that brings together relational databases, geographic information systems and web technology, making it possible to supply daily and weekly updated results to health officials through the Internet. Satisfactory results were obtained with theimplementation of SSESP, since most of the planned infrastructure and functionalities are already operational. Some of the system's present handicaps and evolutionary perspectives are also discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationWEBIST 2009 - Proceedings of the 5th International Conference on Web Information Systems and Technologies
Pages238-243
Number of pages6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 21 Jul 2009
Event5th International Conference on Web Information Systems and Technologies, WEBIST 2009 - Lisbon, Portugal
Duration: 23 Mar 200926 Mar 2009

Conference

Conference5th International Conference on Web Information Systems and Technologies, WEBIST 2009
CountryPortugal
CityLisbon
Period23/03/0926/03/09

Keywords

  • Epidemiological surveillance
  • Geographic information systems
  • Internet
  • Systems integration

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