Public Health

Opioid prediction model gives state life-saving prep time

West Virginia health officials can reliably forecast drug overdoses based on data from neighboring areas.

A new use for dating apps: Chasing STIs

As contact tracing for sexually transmitted infections becomes more difficult, some public health officials are resorting to dating apps to inform users that they may have been exposed to an STI.

Urban climate lab makes holistic appraisal of resilience

The Baltimore Social-Environmental Collaborative will integrate environmental, health and community response data to drive potential climate solutions that support equity and resilience.

How data solves hospital system’s pain points

NYC Health and Hospitals’ data office focuses not on providing capabilities to customers, but on delivering services.

Who sees what you flush? Wastewater surveillance for public health is on the rise, but a new survey reveals many US adults are still unaware

A recent study shows that most people are unaware that their home's wastewater could be monitored, but are okay with community-level surveillance.

HHS dedicates $90M to community health data modernization

The initiative will help rural facilities invest in modern IT infrastructure to improve data collection and reporting.

Cities can apply for free monitoring of sewage for signs of monkeypox

The National League of Cities is accepting applications for the new program and will select 50 localities to participate. The initiative will build on efforts to track Covid-19 in wastewater.

Biosurveillance network crucial to public health preparedness, GAO says

Data sharing and interoperability lessons states learned during the COVID-19 pandemic can help build a nationwide situational awareness and biosurveillance network.

States get extension to wind down pandemic benefits

Even with the 90-day extension to the public health emergency, states must still reevaluate which of the 80 million aid recipients still qualify for benefits and construct safety nets for those who don't.

Health care field is fertile ground for semantic tech

The health care domain featured one of the earliest uses of semantic technology in the public sector — and it could also fuel adoption in NIEM.

FDA readies new data systems for drug safety

The Food and Drug Administration will expand its tracking of drug safety once the drugs enter the marketplace, according to a new report.