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In order to be best prepared to identify health events using electronic disease surveillance systems, it is vital for users to participate in regular exercises that realistically simulate how events may present in their system following disease manifestation in the community. Furthermore, it is... Read more

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Regional disease surveillance systems allow users the ability to view large amounts of population health information and examine automated alerts that suggest increased disease activity. These systems require users to view and interpret which of these alerts or data streams are epidemiologically... Read more

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Advanced surveillance systems require expertise from the fields of medicine, epidemiology, biostatistics, and information technology to develop a surveillance application that will automatically acquire, archive, process and present data to the user. Additionally, for a surveillance system to be... Read more

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Versatile, user-friendly visualization tools are required to organize the wealth of information available to users of large, regional surveillance systems into a coherent view of population health status. Communications components must allow multiple users of the same system to share information... Read more

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Every public health monitoring operation faces important decisions in its design phase. These include information sources to be used, the aggregation of data in space and time, the filtering of data records for required sensitivity, and the design of content delivery for users. Some of these... Read more

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In development for over fourteen years, ESSENCE is a disease surveillance system utilized by public health stakeholders at city, county, state, regional, national, and global levels. The system was developed by a team from the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (JHU/APL) with... Read more

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