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Pittsburgh's Health Monitoring Systems to Provide Public Health Outbreak Surveillance at Super Bowl
With cruise ship norovirus making headlines, it’s easy to realize that an influx of people into a large venue can cause a potential health emergency. Tens of thousands of spectators will pack New Jersey’s MetLife Stadium for the Super Bowl this weekend—during one of the most frigid periods in the region’s history—and Health Monitoring Systems is providing sophisticated outbreak monitoring software that allows the State of New Jersey to quickly identify and react to any public health crisis that could arise.
 
HMS Featured in Pittsburgh Tribune Review
"Last week, Health Monitoring Systems added the Pennsylvania Department of Health to its growing list of a dozen state-agency customers and about 550 hospitals nationwide using its health surveillance and monitoring service. The home-state deal adds to the company's claim as the nation's largest provider of community-health surveillance." Read the full article in the Pittsburgh Tribune Review Online.
 
Pittsburgh's Health Monitoring Systems Helping New Jersey Department of Health Monitor Effects of Superstorm Nemo

(Pittsburgh, PA)—While Superstorm Nemo is only expected to produce an inch of snow in Pittsburgh, areas to our north and east are bracing for the worst. North Side based Health Monitoring Systems is helping public health officials in New Jersey, which is preparing for 12-18 inches of snow, to proactively monitor this potential public health emergency.

 
Modular Certification Helps Hospitals Achieve MU Compliance

HMS is currently working toward receiving Modular Certification (Public Health Surveillance) for its Mergence platform.  The key to this certification is the utilization of HMS’ Mergence data integration engine. Mergence is a service provided to a medical facility—and has been fine-tuned by HMS to meet client needs.

 

This will assist hospitals in achieving Meaningful Use Compliance—without requiring facilities to change their current EpiCenter data feeds. Data from Mergence is sent in certified, secure format to HMS’ EpiCenter system.

 
Lessons Learned from Superstorm Sandy

It’s not often that storms as large as Sandy impact our county—and the effects that it had on public health are still being calculated.

 

HMS reviewed data related to the storm and observed the following data trends in New Jersey:

 

Total emergency room registrations were notably reduced statewide on October 29th, the day that the storm made landfall.  The following day, registrations either returned to normal levels or showed an overall increase.

 

In the week following the storm, emergency room registrations among those 65 and older increased as a percentage of total registrations—from a typical level of 20% to nearly 25%. Conversely, registrations among those ages 12-18 were down proportionately.

 
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