This session discussed the importance of consistency and effective organization in managing public health data. Science Ambassadors learned about the processes used to evaluate an outbreak of a disease, the design of a data collection system, and how to develop data standards. Additionally, Science Ambassadors explored the National Center for Biotechnology Information’s Web-based scientific data bases, including PubMed, OMIM, and Entrez.
Tom Savel, MD, is a public health informatics fellow on assignment with the National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities. His current projects have been in the areas of data modeling, data mining, knowledge management, controlled vocabularies and public health bioinformatics. He holds a bachelor's degree from Wesleyan University, Middletown, Connecticut, and an MD degree from the Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York, New York. His clinical training has included both general surgery and family practice. He has been involved in the implementation of outpatient electronic medical record systems, as well as the development of clinical software for handheld devices. Prior to coming to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), he was involved in the field of corporate distance learning as director of clinical product development for the health care e-learning company, Medsn (formerly Medschool.com). Dr. Savel’s media experience has included being a technology columnist for American Medical News, the weekly journal of the American Medical Association, an Editorial Advisory Board member for Physicians and Computers magazine, and an on-air technology consultant for the Fox News affiliate in Houston, Texas (KRIV-TV 26).
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