EpiCenter's syndromic surveillance functionality is a great starting point for a community health surveillance project. Syndromic surveillance provides an early, general view into the health of a community, and can be used as a solid base on which to build a comprehensive surveillance and reporting system.
Syndromic surveillance is also the first logical step in connecting healthcare to a public health system. It uses emergency department registration data that is easily accessed and straightforward to standardize. Extracting the data imposes a lightweight burden on participating facilities. In most cases, the demand on a healthcare facility's I.T. staff is less than 10 hours to start with and almost non-existent thereafter. Since it ties into a healthcare facility's existing workflow, it simply runs in the background and does not require any manual data entry.
With EpiCenter, public health acquires an up-to-the moment view of general community health in its region. Among other features, establishing syndromic surveillance with EpiCenter provides:
With the EpiCenter system in place, public health receives support for other more common daily tasks. Using the animal-related injury classifier, public health can track all too often under-reported animal bites. Similarly, the traumatic injury classifier provides insight into diverse events such as motor vehicle accidents, assault, and drug-related admissions.