Defining Public Health Situation Awareness - Outcomes and Metrics for Evaluation

Don Olson, Rob Mathes, Marc Paladini, Kevin Konty


Situational awareness(SA) is now a frequently used term in public health. As a rationale for syndromic surveillance, SA is rarely defined or described in clear operational terms: What is it? How is it measured? What are its outcomes? How can it be evaluated? This roundtable is intended to serve as a discussion forum on the meaning of SA in public health. The roundtable participants will work towards a consensus definition, measureable public health outcomes, and metrics for evaluation of syndromic surveillance for public health SA.

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Online Journal of Public Health Informatics * ISSN 1947-2579 *