Using Business Intelligence Tools to Automate Data Capture and Reporting


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 Communicable Disease Control Branch of the NC Division of Public Health. NC DETECT receives 10 different data feeds daily including emergency department visits, emergency medical service runs, poison center calls, veterinary laboratory test results, and wildlife treatment.

In order to fulfill our users’ needs with NC DETECT’s limited staff, business intelligence tools are utilized for the acquisition and processing of our multiple, disparate data sources as well as reporting our findings to our numerous end users. Business intelligence can be described as a broad category of application programs and technologies for gathering, storing, analyzing, and providing access to data to help enterprise users make better business decisions.



We report here on how NC DETECT uses business intelligence tools to automate both data capture and reporting in order to run a comprehensive surveillance system with limited resources.

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October, 2006

July 30, 2018

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National Syndromic
Surveillance Program

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Control and Prevention

The National Syndromic Surveillance Program (NSSP) is a collaboration among states and public health jurisdictions that contribute data to the BioSense Platform, public health practitioners who use local syndromic surveillance systems, CDC programs, other federal agencies, partner organizations, hospitals, healthcare professionals, and academic institutions.

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