Biosense 2.0

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) BioSense 2.0 Program provides local, state, and federal partners a timely regional and national picture of trends in disease syndromes and situational awareness. BioSense is undergoing a redesign that is user-centered and based on a community-owned cloud infrastructure. This offers local health departments (LHDs) and the public health surveillance community an infrastructure they have never had before.
NACCHO, the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists CSTE, the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials ASTHO, and the International Society for Disease Surveillance ISDS are partnering to manage the governance and use of this infrastructure and are recruiting states and localities to participate.
What BioSense 2.0 means for local health departments:
Through the new features provided by BioSense 2.0, local health departments can now:
• Save time and money by receiving processing storage and multiple ways to securely receive high volumes of data;
• Share data with other states or local jurisdictions;
• Provide useful all-hazards health-related information;
• Receive all data forms and formats, including HL7 or CDA, and convert them into a SQL database;
• Utilize analytic tools, such as ESSENCE and the R statistical package in the cloud; and
• Help hospitals meet meaningful use requirements for syndromic surveillance.
NEW! BioSense 2.0 Kit
• Syndromic Surveillance 101: Online Training Modules - this program is designed to increase knowledge and foster collaboration between public health and clinical practitioners new to syndromic surveillance. This course has been developed with funding from NACCHO and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
• BioSense Video - a simple explanation on how BioSense 2.0 works to provide local, state, and federal partners a timely regional and national picture of trends in disease syndromes and situation awareness.
• Boston Public Health Commission : Syndromic Surveillance Video - While syndromic surveillance systems such as BioSense 2.0 are being used locally for tracking of various infectious diseases, local health departments are beginning to think outside the box, re-thinking the use and purpose of BioSense 2.0 and tools like it. NACCHO made a trip to Boston for a visit with the Boston Public Health Commission (BPHC). BPHC is a great example of an effective use of syndromic surveillance for infectious disease and even chronic disease. Their emphasis on community collaboration and leveraging of information sources is one that serves as an excellent model and has informed public policy and community engagement.
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