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BLENCH Michael - Global Public Health Intelligence Network (GPHIN)

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Global Public Health Intelligence Network (GPHIN)

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BLENCH Michael - Global Public Health Intelligence Network (GPHIN)

  1. 1. Global Public Health Intelligence Network (GPHIN) Reseau Mondial d’Information en Santé Publique (RMISP) <ul><li>Michael Blench </li></ul><ul><li>GPHIN Technical Advisor & Project Coordinator </li></ul>
  2. 2. Presentation Outline <ul><li>Overview of GPHIN </li></ul><ul><li>Information Workflow </li></ul><ul><li>Successes </li></ul><ul><li>Users </li></ul>
  3. 3. GP HIN - Background <ul><li>An early-warning system for potential public health threats worldwide </li></ul><ul><li>Monitors global media sources in nine languages (Arabic, Chinese Simplified and Traditional, English, Farsi, French, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish) </li></ul><ul><li>Gathers relevant information in near real-time and on a 24/7 basis; sends GPHIN alerts to users when appropriate </li></ul><ul><li>Web based (‘thin client’) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Encrypted authentication </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. GPHIN Complements the Public Health Surveillance Systems <ul><li>Regional / International level </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Analysis and Feedback. Support </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Policy, target funding </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Central level </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Analyze, Investigate, Confirm, Plan, Fund, Respond, Feedback </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Intermediate level </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Analyze, Investigate, Report, Respond, Feedback </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Peripheral level </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Detect, Treat, Report </li></ul></ul>Time (Days Weeks / Months) Ministry of Health WHO GPHIN – Early Warning System Time (Days Weeks / Months) Time (Days Weeks / Months)
  5. 5. GPHIN’s Modus Operandi Information on Public Health Risks Intelligence on Public Health Risks Detection by GPHIN Dissemination by GPHIN Verification by users Timeline: Hours – Days
  6. 6. GPHIN Taxonomy <ul><li>☑ Human diseases – SARS, H1N1 </li></ul><ul><li>☑ Animal diseases – Ebola in pigs, H5N1 </li></ul><ul><li>☑ Plant diseases – Asian soybean rust </li></ul><ul><li>☑ Other biologics – Pathogens </li></ul><ul><li>☑ Chemical incidents – Chlorine spill </li></ul><ul><li>☑ Radioactive incidents – Nuclear material trafficking </li></ul><ul><li>☑ Unsafe products – Salmonella, Listeria </li></ul><ul><li>☑ Natural disasters – Earthquakes </li></ul>
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  8. 8. GPHIN's Versatility : Information for Action <ul><li>Detect potential public health threats </li></ul><ul><li>Estimate magnitude of the public health threat </li></ul><ul><li>Determine geographic distribution of public health threat </li></ul><ul><li>Analysis of risks possibly associated </li></ul><ul><li>Identify control and preventative measures considered / implemented </li></ul><ul><li>Monitor concerns of general public </li></ul><ul><li>Observe situational politics </li></ul>
  9. 9. Components of the GPHIN System <ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Automated Processes </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Human Analysis </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul>
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  11. 11. Analyst’s Responsibilities <ul><li>Review reports for public health relevance and disseminate alerts </li></ul><ul><li>Monitor events of concern </li></ul><ul><li>Maintain: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Search syntaxes </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>taxonomy and data dictionaries </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Ministry of Health Website links </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Prepare reports </li></ul><ul><li>Respond to inquiries / requests from GPHIN Users </li></ul><ul><li>Identify any technical difficulties to be addressed </li></ul><ul><li>Duty Officer </li></ul>
  12. 12. Multilingual Real Time Intelligence Rendering Multilingual Sources News Media Translation Data Collection Advanced Analytics Automated / Manually Entered En Fr Es Ru Ar Zhs Zht Pt Fa 0 20 85 100 3. Irrelevant Manual A nalysis Triage: 2. Publish with alert 1.Publish or or Irrelevant Publish GPHIN Workflow Duplicate Elimination Metadata Insertion (Taxonomy) Categorization Relevancy Score
  13. 13. Epi X Risk Analysis APEC Global Disease HPA EC CDTR IHR Decision Instrument Daily Huddles (onsite/telephone ) GIS MOH websites FDA / HC/ CFIA / FAO / OIE/ WHO Eurosurveillance Reports ProMED MedIsys Health Map Gideon Web Archives
  14. 14. Writing Style of Journalist <ul><li>Yellow Fever </li></ul><ul><li>18 November 2003 </li></ul><ul><li>Tampa Tribune </li></ul><ul><li>An epidemic of penalties have thwarted many drives, resulting in a three- game losing streak and essentially leaving the Bucs' season on life support . </li></ul><ul><li>Yellow fever grips Oasis </li></ul><ul><li>24 February 2006 </li></ul><ul><li>Kalgoorlie Miner </li></ul><ul><li>AN OUTBREAK of yellow fever struck the Oasis last Friday when John Paul College held its annual swimming carnival. </li></ul>
  15. 15. en/Sheep with Sheep pox /NOT SMALLPOX <ul><li>Article below is NOT AN ALERT, we did research and found that it was translated from a Greek article and the term smallpox was used instead of SHEEP POX (an error of the Newspaper). </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Source: ERT Regions: Europe Place Name: Greece </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Sheep with Smallpox </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Smallpox cases have been located in a flock of sheep in Mandamados, Lesvos. The Lesvos Veterinary Department proceeded with the extermination and sanitary burial of the diseased animals. It also imposed the stock farm under ten-kilometre area quarantine. It is likely that the disease originated from the Turkish coast, where it has spread. The authorities have appealed to all stock breeders to report any smallpox cases to the local veterinaries immediately. Stock breeders, whose animals are put to death, are fully compensated. Scientists have ruled out the possibility of people to be infected from the disease. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Link: http://news.ert.gr/en/1/22716.asp </li></ul></ul>
  16. 16. GPHIN’s early reporting of A/H5N1 virus in Iran
  17. 17. GPHIN’s early reporting of A/H1N1, Mexico
  18. 18. GPHIN’s Core Operations
  19. 19. Source: Epidemic alert and verification: summary report 2006. Wkly Epidemiol Rec. 2007;82:111–6. GPHIN's contribution in reporting disease events at WHO
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  21. 21. Contact information: Michael Blench Phone: (613) 957-3567 Email : [email_address] or [email_address] Merci / Thank You

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