Preliminary Findings from the BioSense Evaluation Project


In October 2006, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention funded four institutions, including Emory University, to conduct evaluations of the BioSense surveillance system. These evaluations include investigations of situations that represent actual or potential threats to public health in order to describe: 1) the pathways that health departments follow to assess and respond to such threats, 2) the role of various forms of surveillance, including BioSense and other syndromic surveillance systems, in enabling health departments to achieve critical milestones along these pathways, and 3) whether and how surveillance information informs healthcare practice during these events. We anticipate that these case studies will 1) identify approaches to improving BioSense and other syndromic surveillance systems, 2) describe the characteristics of events where syndromic surveillance is most apt to be useful, and 3) provide a baseline for assessing future impacts of advances in the development of BioSense and other forms of public health surveillance. This paper describes preliminary observations from initial case studies conducted by the Emory University team.



This paper describes preliminary observations from case study investigations of the uses of BioSense and other surveillance resources in public health practice.

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July 30, 2018

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