Adapting Syndromic Surveillance Systems to Increase Value to Local Health Departments


Syndromic surveillance systems offer richer understanding of population health. However, because of their complexity, they are less used at small public health agencies, such as many local health departments (LHDs). The evolution of these systems has included modifying user interfaces for more efficient and effective use at the local level. The North Carolina Preparedness and Emergency Response Research Center previously evaluated use of syndromic surveillance information at LHDs in North Carolina. Since this time, both the NC DETECT system and distribution of syndromic surveillance information by the state public health agency have changed. This work describes use following these changes.


Our objective was to describe changes in use following syndromic surveillance system modifications and assess the effectiveness of these modifications.


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December, 2012

January 24, 2018

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