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U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Fights Infectious Disease Outbreaks with SPSS Data Collection Survey Softw

  • 29 October, 2008 14:23

<p>To ensure health protection for U.S. citizens through promotion, prevention and preparedness, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) uses advanced data collection survey software from SPSS Inc. (Nasdaq: SPSS) in analyzing the source and spread of infectious diseases and preparing for and responding to urgent public health threats.</p>
<p>With SPSS data collection survey software, CDC can capture immediate feedback from citizens on critical public health information, regardless of geography or language, through a diverse array of communications devices – from traditional phone and in-person interviews to email and the web – to better understand behaviors and attitudes and devise the most appropriate response.</p>
<p>CDC has standardised with SPSS Dimensions™ data collection software as the foundation of its internal and external survey methodology. SPSS data collection software enables the agency to quickly design custom surveys for global research and reporting needs. CDC is able to securely deploy questionnaires via the web, telephone, mobile devices or paper, and garner a high response rate.</p>
<p>SPSS data collection software is an integral part of a Predictive Analytics solution that allows organisations to better understand and predict future behavior by incorporating attitudinal data gathered from diverse stakeholders, such as customers, students and citizens, during naturally occurring interactions or as part of structured feedback initiatives.</p>
<p>Jack Noonan, SPSS chairman, president and CEO, said, “SPSS provides the key functionality by which CDC can interact directly with citizens and organisations worldwide to capture immediate feedback to important public health initiatives. CDC’s use of SPSS data collection software increases its understanding of major public health problems, which has reduced morbidity and mortality of citizens exposed to infectious diseases.”</p>
<p>When an infectious disease outbreak strikes, it is imperative that CDC gathers public health information quickly, regardless of where it occurs. To better understand these outbreaks and accurately respond, the agency uses SPSS data collection software to streamline feedback in a highly secure and controlled environment.</p>
<p>After an outbreak of pneumonia at a college in Maine in 2007, CDC created a questionnaire with SPSS data collection survey software that was emailed to all students to gather a quick and detailed response on past behaviors, actions and possible exposures with the objective of identifying potential undetected cases. The information collected was used to characterise the illness and identify risk factors for the disease. With the data in hand, CDC was able to swiftly identify the etiology of the pneumonia outbreak, inform all students of the situation and provide information and educational materials on prevention to help stop the further spread of the pneumonia.</p>
<p>The organisation also uses the software to assess medical needs of specific populations during natural disasters. During Hurricanes Katrina and Wilma, CDC determined what medical items, including medications and equipment, were needed by hurricane victims.</p>
<p>CDC also conducts numerous public health surveys to examine variables that may be correlated with infectious disease outbreaks and explore ways to stop them. For example, SPSS data collection software was used to create a web-based questionnaire to collect and analyze data on pertussis infections, also known as the whooping cough. From this survey, the organisation was able to understand that early recognition of cases, prompt initiation of infection control and precautionary vaccinations prevented its spread.</p>
<p>Noonan added, “From government to academic to commercial, organisations worldwide are using SPSS data collection software to capture a detailed understanding of actions and attitudes to effectively attract, grow and retain valuable customers, reduce fraud and mitigate risk, and with regard to CDC, safeguard health and save lives.”</p>
<p>About U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), a part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is the primary Federal agency for conducting and supporting public health activities in the United States.
CDC’s focus is not only on scientific excellence, but also on the essential spirit that is CDC – to protect the health of all people. CDC keeps humanity at the forefront of its mission to ensure health protection through promotion, prevention, and preparedness.</p>
<p>Composed of the Office of the Director, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, and six Coordinating Centers/Offices, including environmental health and injury prevention, health information services, health promotion, infectious diseases, global health and terrorism preparedness and emergency response, CDC employs more than 14,000 employees in 40 countries and in 170 occupations.</p>
<p>About SPSS Inc.
SPSS Inc. (Nasdaq: SPSS) is a leading global provider of Predictive Analytics software and solutions. The company’s Predictive Analytics technology improves business processes by giving organisations forward visibility for decisions made every day. By incorporating Predictive Analytics into their daily operations, organisations become Predictive Enterprises -- able to direct and automate decisions to meet business goals and achieve a measurable competitive advantage. More than 250,000 public sector, academic and commercial customers rely on SPSS technology to help increase revenue, reduce costs and detect and prevent fraud. Founded in 1968, SPSS is headquartered in Chicago, Illinois. For more information, please visit www.spss.com.</p>

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