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Biosurveillance systems commonly depend on free-text chief complaints (CC)s for timely situational awareness. However, diagnosis codes may not be available soon enough and may have uncertain value because they are assigned for billing purposes rather than for population monitoring. Existing... Read more

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An expanded ambulatory health record, the Comprehensive Ambulatory Patient Encounter Record (CAPER) will provide multiple types of data for use in DoD ESSENCE. A new type of data not previously available is the Reason for Visit (ROV), a free-text field analogous to the Chief Complaint (CC).... Read more

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An objective of the Joint VA/DoD BioSurveillance System for Emerging Biological Threats project is to improve situational awareness of the health of combined VA and DoD populations. DoD and VA both use versions of the Electronic Surveillance System for the Early Notification of Community-Based... Read more

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Data streams related to case severity have been added to the Electronic Surveillance System for the Early Notification of Community-based Epidemics (ESSENCE), a disease-monitoring application used by the Department of Defense (DoD), as an additional analytic capability to alert the user when... Read more

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The Joint VA/DoD BioSurveillance System for Emerging Biological Threats project seeks to improve situational awareness of the health of VA/DoD populations by combining their respective data. Each system uses a version of the Electronic Surveillance System for Early Notification of Community-... Read more

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The Armed Forces Health Surveillance Center (AFHSC) supports the development of new analytical tools to improve alerting in the Electronic Surveillance System for the Early Notification of Community-based Epidemics (ESSENCE) disease-monitoring application used by the Department of Defense (DoD... Read more

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The ESSENCE demonstration module was built to help DoD health monitors make routine decisions based on disparate evidence sources such as daily counts of ILI-related chief complaints, ratios of positive lab tests for influenza, patient age distribution, and counts of antiviral prescriptions [1... Read more

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Recent years' informatics advances have increased availability of various sources of health-monitoring information to agencies responsible for disease surveillance. These sources differ in clinical relevance and reliability, and range from streaming statistical indicator evidence to outbreak... Read more

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In response to the threat of biologic terrorism and the resurgence of virulent forms of infectious diseases, technologic advances are being applied to disease surveillance. Syndromic surveillance systems have emerged to capture and analyze health-indicator data to identify abnormal health... Read more

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One objective of public health surveillance is detecting disease outbreaks by looking for changes in the disease occurrence, so that control measures can be implemented and the spread of disease minimized. For this purpose, the Florida Department of Health (FDOH) employs the Electronic... Read more

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