DEVELOPMENT OF A WEB-AVAILABLE EPIDEMIOLOGICAL SURVEILLANCE SYSTEM INTEGRATING GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION - The Public Health Emergencies Support System at the Portuguese General Directorate for Health

André Oliveira, Pedro Cabral

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 decision-making. 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 the implementation 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.

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Oliveira A. and Cabral P. (2009). DEVELOPMENT OF A WEB-AVAILABLE EPIDEMIOLOGICAL SURVEILLANCE SYSTEM INTEGRATING GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION - The Public Health Emergencies Support System at the Portuguese General Directorate for Health . In Proceedings of the Fifth International Conference on Web Information Systems and Technologies - Volume 1: WEBIST, ISBN 978-989-8111-81-4, pages 238-243. DOI: 10.5220/0001822502380243


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@conference{webist09,
author={André Oliveira and Pedro Cabral},
title={DEVELOPMENT OF A WEB-AVAILABLE EPIDEMIOLOGICAL SURVEILLANCE SYSTEM INTEGRATING GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION - The Public Health Emergencies Support System at the Portuguese General Directorate for Health},
booktitle={Proceedings of the Fifth International Conference on Web Information Systems and Technologies - Volume 1: WEBIST,},
year={2009},
pages={238-243},
publisher={SciTePress},
organization={INSTICC},
doi={10.5220/0001822502380243},
isbn={978-989-8111-81-4},
}


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TY - CONF
JO - Proceedings of the Fifth International Conference on Web Information Systems and Technologies - Volume 1: WEBIST,
TI - DEVELOPMENT OF A WEB-AVAILABLE EPIDEMIOLOGICAL SURVEILLANCE SYSTEM INTEGRATING GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION - The Public Health Emergencies Support System at the Portuguese General Directorate for Health
SN - 978-989-8111-81-4
AU - Oliveira A.
AU - Cabral P.
PY - 2009
SP - 238
EP - 243
DO - 10.5220/0001822502380243