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Since July 2004 the BioSense program at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has received data from DoD military and VA outpatient clinics (not in real time). In January 2006 real-time hospital data (e.g. chief complaints and diagnoses) was added. Various diagnoses from all... Read more

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Biosurveillance systems typically receive free- text chief complaint and coded diagnosis data, however this data has limited specificity for notifiable disease surveillance. The Biosense System receives chief complaint and/or diagnosis data from over 360 hospitals and laboratory results from 24... Read more

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Influenza surveillance provides public health officials and healthcare providers with data on the onset, duration, geographic location, and level of influenza activity in order to guide the local use of interventions. The Influenza Sentinel Provider Surveillance Network tracks influenza-like... Read more

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BioSense is a national program designed to improve the nation’s capabilities for conducting disease detection, monitoring, and real-time situational awareness. Currently, BioSense receives near real-time data from non-federal hospitals, as well as national daily batched data from the Departments... Read more

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Analysis of the BioSense data facilitates the identification, tracking, and management of emergent and routine health events, including potential bioterrorism events, injury related incidents and rapidly spreading naturally occurring events (1).  BioSense enhances coordination between all levels... Read more

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To determine the feasibility of using BioSense laboratory data to do surveillance on Clostridium difficile infection (CDI) and calculate overall and facility rates of disease.

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Objective The objective of this study was to determine which chief complaints and ICD-9-CM coded diagnoses from real-time BioSense hospital data correlate well with data from conventional influenza surveillance systems.

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BioSense is a CDC initiative to promote situational awareness through summarizing, analyzing, and presenting health related event information. Among the data sources collected and analyzed through the BioSense application are the Department of Defense and Department of Veterans Affairs... Read more

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The purposes of this study are to validate a keyword-based text parsing algorithm for identifying fractures and compare radiology results with chief complaint and ICD-9 final diagnoses.

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BioSense currently receives demographic and chief complaint data from more than 360 hospitals and text radiology reports from 36 hospitals. Detection of pneumonia is an important as several Category A bioterrorism diseases as well as avian influenza can manifest as pneumonia. Radiology text... Read more

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