A systematic approach to building and sustaining a regional and local biosurveillance community of practice


Although the advent of the ONCs "meaningful use" criteria has added significant new incentives for healthcare organizations to provide the necessary data for implementing syndromic surveillance, incentives alone are not sufficient to sustain a robust community of practice that engages public health and healthcare practitioners working together to fully achieve meaningful use objectives. The process for building a successful community of practice around syndromic surveillance is primarily application-agnostic. The business process has many of the same characteristics regardless of application features, and can be incrementally customized for each community based on the unique needs and opportunities and the functional characteristics of the application. This presentation will explore lessons-learned in the north central Texas region with BioSense 1 and ESSENCE over the past six years, and will describe the multi-phase process currently underway for BioSense 2.0. Key program process steps and success criteria for public health and healthcare practitioners will be described. This road map will enable other local health department jurisdictions to replicate proven methodologies in their own communities. The presentation will also highlight what it takes for an existing community of practice with a home grown system to move processes and protocols to the cloud.



To explore the lessons learned from the Advanced Practice Center methodology regarding the implementation of syndromic surveillance while considering what it takes to create, enhance, and sustain relationships between hospitals, public health practitioners, and the community.

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December, 2011

May 02, 2019

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