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The goal of this paper is to describe a methodology used to create a gold standard set of emergency department (ED) data that can subsequently be used to evaluate the sensitivity and specificity of syndrome definitions.

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The North Carolina Disease Event Tracking and Epidemiologic Collection Tool (NC DETECT) serves public health users across NC at the local, regional and state levels, providing early event detection and situational awareness capabilities. At the state level, our primary users are in the General... Read more

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Data quality for syndromic surveillance extends beyond validating and evaluating syndrome results. Data aggregators and data providers can take additional steps to monitor and ensure the accuracy of the data. In North Carolina, hospitals are mandated to transmit electronic emergency department... Read more

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The North Carolina Disease Event Tracking and Epidemiologic Collection Tool (NC DETECT) provides early event detection and public health situational awareness to hospital-based and public health users statewide. Authorized users are currently able to view data from emergency departments (n=110... Read more

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The North Carolina Disease Event Tracking and Epidemiologic Collection Tool (NC DETECT) receives a designated set of data elements electronically available from 110 emergency departments (EDs) (98%) on at least a daily basis via a third party data aggregator. While automated processes monitor... Read more

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TOA identifies clusters of patients arriving to a hospital ED within a short temporal interval. Past implementations have been restricted to records of patients with a specific type of complaint. The Florida Department of Health uses TOA at the county level for multiple subsyndromes (1). In 2011... Read more

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The goal of this project is to compare automated syn-dromic surveillance queries using raw chief complaints to those pre-processed with the Emergency Medical Text Processor (EMT-P) system.

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Animal bites may have potentially devastating consequences, including physical and emotional trauma, infection, rabies exposure, hospitalization, and, rarely, death. NC law requires animal bites be reported to local health directors. However, methods for recording and storing bite data vary... Read more

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In North Carolina, select hospital emergency departments have been submitting data since 2003 for use in syndromic surveillance. These data are collected, stored, and parsed into syndrome categories by the North Carolina Emergency Department Database. The fever with rash illness syndrome is... Read more

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Tracking emergency department (ED) asthma visits is an important part of asthma surveillance, as ED visits can be preventable and may represent a failure of asthma control efforts. When using limited clinical ED datasets for secondary purposes such as public health surveillance, it is important... Read more

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