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The North Carolina Bioterrorism and Emerging Infection Prevention System (NC BEIPS) receives daily emergency department (ED) data from 33 (29%) of the 114 EDs in North Carolina. These data are available via a Web-based portal and the Early Aberration Reporting System to authorized NC public... Read more

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The variability of free text emergency department (ED) data is problematic for biosurveillance, and current methods of identifying search terms for symptoms of interest are inefficient as well as time- and labor-intensive. Our ad hoc approach to term identification for the North Carolina Disease... Read more

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Tracking emergency department (ED) asthma visits is an important part of asthma surveillance, as ED visits can be preventable and may represent a failure of asthma control efforts. When using limited clinical ED datasets for secondary purposes such as public health surveillance, it is important... Read more

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In this webinar Dr. Travers will review two tools developed at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, which aid in processing textual CC’s and triage notes in support of syndromic surveillance. Textual data from emergency departments (EDs) is a common source of data for syndromic... Read more

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COPD is a prevalent chronic disease among older adults; exacerbations often result in ED visits and subsequent hospital admissions. A portion of such patients return to the ED within a few days or weeks. In this study, we investigated patterns of hospital admissions and short-term return visits... Read more

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To determine whether preprocessing chief complaints before automatically classifying them into syndromic categories improves classification performance.

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The goal of this paper is to describe a methodology used to create a gold standard set of emergency department (ED) data that can subsequently be used to evaluate the sensitivity and specificity of syndrome definitions.

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Data quality for syndromic surveillance extends beyond validating and evaluating syndrome results. Data aggregators and data providers can take additional steps to monitor and ensure the accuracy of the data. In North Carolina, hospitals are mandated to transmit electronic emergency department... Read more

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The goal of this project is to compare automated syn-dromic surveillance queries using raw chief complaints to those pre-processed with the Emergency Medical Text Processor (EMT-P) system.

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In North Carolina, select hospital emergency departments have been submitting data since 2003 for use in syndromic surveillance. These data are collected, stored, and parsed into syndrome categories by the North Carolina Emergency Department Database. The fever with rash illness syndrome is... Read more

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