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Norovirus infection results in considerable morbidity in the United States where an estimated 21 million illnesses, 70,000 hospitalizations, and 800 deaths are caused by NV annually. Additionally, NV is responsible for approximately 50% of foodborne outbreaks. Between January 2008 and June 2012... Read more

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The threat of terrorism and high-profile disease outbreaks has drawn attention to public health syndromic surveillance systems for early detection of natural or man-made disease events. In this sense, the Miami-Dade County Health Department has implemented ESSENCE (Electronic Surveillance System... Read more

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To illustrate how ESSENCE can been utilized to collaborate with healthcare practitioners in order to improve communicable disease reporting

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Although Electronic Surveillance System for the Early Notification of Community Based Epidemics (ESSENCE) provides tools to detect a significant alert regarding an unusual public health event, combining that information with other surveillance data, such as 911 calls, school absenteeism and... Read more

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The mission of the Syndrome Definition Committee (SDC) is to create, evaluate, and refine syndrome definitions, link users with similar syndrome definition needs, and create documentation along the way. We seek to be a resource for collaboration and best practices in the syndrome... Read more

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The Oregon ESSENCE team has developed a guide for other states to use to set up a web service link to their poison center and extract its data into ESSENCE. It contains advice based on Oregon’s experience in developing its link with its poison center and NDPS, a plug-&-play (almost) Rhapsody... Read more

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In 2004, the BioDefend (BD) syndromic surveillance (SS) system was implemented in Duval County hospitals (Jacksonville, FL). Daily emergency department chief complaints are manually classified and entered into the BD system by triage personnel. As part of a statewide implementation, the... Read more

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The Oregon Health Authority (OHA), in collaboration with the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, implemented a syndromic surveillance system, Oregon ESSENCE. A critical component to developing and growing this statewide system is obtaining buy-in and voluntary participation from... 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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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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