308.  Healthcare Providers’ Perspectives on the Use of the Web for Dissemination of State Level Infectious Disease Surveillance Data, United States
Session: Poster Abstract Session: Assessing and Reducing Infection Risk
Friday, October 21, 2011
Room: Poster Hall B1
  • healthcare survey201111006.pdf (579.6 kB)
  • Background:

    Jurisdictions that conduct infectious disease surveillance in the United States are increasingly using the Web to disseminate data. While provision of national surveillance information on federal (e.g., CDC) websites is important, providers also should have access to state level data that may be most pertinent for their patients. Nevertheless, little is known about healthcare providers' perspectives on use of state-based surveillance data.


    During December 2010 March 2011, we conducted a Web-based survey among physicians and infection preventionists. To recruit participants, we sent an email with a Web link to the survey. The survey asked about respondents' sources of information on evolving public health disease threats such as novel influenza A (H1N1). Other items asked about access to six categories of surveillance information on state or local health department (SLHD) Web sites including data on seasonal influenza and emerging pathogens. If they had not accessed information, respondents were asked whether such data would be useful. The survey included items on the use of mobile devices and surveillance reports.


    Most (92%) of the 90 respondents were from the northeast. Respondents were most likely to seek information about an evolving public health disease threat from the CDC Web site (75%) rather than state or local health department Web sites (5.6%). However, 75% had accessed information about influenza activity reported on their SLHD Web site data, and, 20% looked at MDR/XDR TB data. Among respondents who had not used information, >79% indicated that information on all six categories would be helpful (Figure). One-third of respondents use mobile devices regularly to search the Web for medical information. While 53.1 % of physicians had not read a recent annual summary, 84.4 % preferred such information via email or email link to Web content.


    Healthcare providers use the Web as a source of information about evolving public health threats. Local influenza data is accessed by providers; however, there is interest in state data on core public health issues that is probably not being posted on accessible Web sites.

    Figure. Healthcare providers' access to and opinions regarding surveillance data on SHD Web sites

    Subject Category: N. Hospital-acquired and surgical infections, infection control, and health outcomes including general public health and health services research

    Nkuchia M'ikanatha, DrPH, Pennsylvania Department of Health, Harrisburg, PA; Center for Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics, , University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine , Philadelphia, PA, Toby McAdams, Minnesota Department of Health, St Paul , MN, Dale Rohn, MPH, Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, Baltimore , MD, David P Welliver, MBA, Clarific Services, , Swarthmore , PA and Kathleen G. Julian, MD, Medicine/Infectious Diseases, Penn State Hershey Medical Center, Hershey, PA


    N. M'ikanatha, None

    T. McAdams, None

    D. Rohn, None

    D. P. Welliver, None

    K. G. Julian, None

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