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The HL7 messaging standard, version two that was implemented by most vendors and public health agencies did not resolve all systems’ interoperability problems. Design and tool implementation for automated machine-testing messages may resolve many of those problems. This task also has critical... Read more

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Group A Streptococcal (GAS) pharyngitis, the most common bacterial cause of acute pharyngitis, causes more than half a billion cases annually worldwide. Treatment with antibiotics provides symptomatic benefit and reduces complications, missed work days and transmission. Physical examination ... Read more

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The EPA Water Security initiative contamination warning system detection strategy involves the use of multiple monitoring and surveillance components for timely detection of drinking water contamination in the distribution system. The public health surveillance (PHS) component of the... Read more

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The summer of 2010 in Maryland was characterized by unusually high temperatures. This type of increased and prolonged heat can potentially make residents sick, and extreme exposure can even kill people at highest risk. Numerous deaths throughout the state were attributed to this heat wave. The... Read more

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Given the periodic nature of influenza activity, it is important to develop visualization tools that enable enhanced decision-making. User-Centered Design is a set of software development methodologies that primarily employ user needs to develop applications. Similarly, Usability Heuristics... Read more

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Illnesses like infections, cold, influenza and so on in type 1 diabetes mellitus (T1DM) patients, can compromise the daily patient administered diabetes treatment. This in turn may result in fluctuating blood glucose concentrations, especially hyperglycemia for prolonged periods, which over time... Read more

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On January 12, 2010, a magnitude 7.0 earthquake struck Haiti, killing 4230 000 persons and placing an estimated 1.5 million into internally displaced persons (IDP) camps. IDPs are at increased risk for communicable diseases resulting from unhealthy living conditions. The Haitian Ministry of ... Read more

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Syndromic surveillance has been widely adopted as a real-time monitoring tool in early response to disease outbreaks. In order to provide real-time information on the impact of 2009 H1N1 during the Fall 2009 semester, Georgetown University (GU) and George Washington University (GWU) employed... Read more

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NC DETECT receives daily data files from emergency departments (ED), the statewide EMS data collection system, the statewide poison center, and veterinary laboratory test results. Included in these data are elements, which may contain Protected Health Information (PHI). It is the responsibility... Read more

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Surveillance of deaths due to influenza and pneumonia using death records has the potential to be a relatively inexpensive and quick approach to tracking and detecting influenza and respiratory illness outbreaks; however, presently such a system does not exist because of the time delays in... Read more

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