Syndromic Surveillance and Outbreak Detection Using Automated Microbiologic Laboratory Test Order Data
Uniformed Services University Of The Health Sciences Bethesda United States
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Background Syndromic surveillance systems monitor one or more electronic data sources in real time to assist in early detection of unusual health events. To detect such events at military treatment facilities MTFs, the Department of Defense Electronic Surveillance System for the Early Notification of Community-based Epidemics DoDESSENCE conducts daily surveillance on outpatient visit diagnosis and pharmacy data. Combining data from multiple sources may improve the ability of syndromic surveillance systems to detect disease outbreaks. Objective To evaluate whether data on microbiologic laboratory tests ordered forpatients during outpatient visits to MTFs can improve the performance of DoDESSENCE in detecting disease outbreaks.