Status of State Electronic Disease Surveillance Systems – United States, 2007 – published 30 July 2009

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Status of State Electronic Disease Surveillance Systems – United States, 2007 – published 30 July 2009

“The National Electronic Disease Surveillance System (NEDSS) is a web-based system that uses standard health information technology (IT) codes to integrate disease surveillance systems, enabling them to transfer public health, laboratory, and clinical data securely from health-care providers to public health departments (1). Each jurisdictions’ system consists of a base system and modules that can be used for specific surveillance purposes. States also use NEDSS-like or other electronic systems to conduct surveillance on specific diseases or conditions.* Until recently, no assessment had been done to describe the status and characteristics of state electronic disease surveillance systems. The Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists (CSTE) conducted such an assessment in August 2007 in all 50 states. This report presents the results of that assessment, which indicated that, in 2007, state electronic disease surveillance systems varied widely and were in various stages of implementation. Each state had either custom-built systems or purchased systems that were customizable, with associated disease modules to meet its own surveillance needs. As interoperability becomes the standard for electronic data sharing, more states will face customization costs and the need to hire more technical specialists who can manage health information and exchange. Further collaboration and support from surveillance and health-care IT stakeholders with public health will be needed to improve the efficacy and quality of electronic disease surveillance systems.”  .. continues on the website

Full text of the report:  CDC. NEDSS: National Electronic Disease Surveillance System. CDC Solutions; 2007

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CDC/CSTE Development of Applied Epidemiology Competencies – November 2008

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CDC/CSTE Development of Applied Epidemiology Competencies – November 2008
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention / Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists (CSTE)  – [US]

“CSTE and CDC are pleased to release a newly developed toolkit to help epidemiologists and other public health practitioners understand and incorporate the CDC/CSTE Competencies for Applied Epidemiologists in Governmental Public Health Agencies (AECs) into everyday practice. The toolkit includes the following items:

* Complete AECs document
* Preface document and Short Summaries of the AECs
* Informational brochure
* Competency evaluation forms
* Sample position descriptions
* CD that includes an interactive quiz and an informational PowerPoint presentation

We encourage individual epidemiologists, public health agencies, and academic centers to use the competencies and contents of the toolkit and to move with us toward a common goal of improving epidemiologic practice. We will publish additional information about the competencies, including tools and documentation to support their use,on this  and on the CDC website.

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