Joch, Alan
June 2005
Materials Management in Health Care;Jun2005, Vol. 14 Issue 6, p30
Trade Publication
The article focuses on electronic disease surveillance (EDS) systems for tracking unusual trends in patient diagnoses and symptoms. EDS systems compile health data from hospitals and critical care facilities, then aggregate and analyze the information to identify patterns in patient complaints. The goal of EDS systems is to alert quickly public health officials to spikes in respiratory, constitutional or other symptoms appearing in specific geographic areas--spikes that could signal a bio-terrorist attack. INSET: SUCCESSFUL DISEASE SURVEILLANCE.


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