Can Information System Help Prevent a Public Health Crisis?

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Describe and Diagram the existing process for* reporting and identifying major public health *problem,* such as a flu *pandemic? The traditional process of reporting and identifying the major public health problem is in the form of manual and is much slower in operation and at times we the required solution may be delayed and may result disaster. With the visit of patients the process starts. In case of detection of outbreak or possible outbreak with the physical reporting patients to hospital, then, hospital, physicians, and laboratories would mail or fax paper reports to public health agencies, who would then call health care providers for more detailed information. This slow chain of person-to-person communication is not well suited to a major public health emergency. How does BioSense improve this process? Diagram the process for reporting and identifying public health problem by using BioSense. BioSense is an automated early event detection and situational awareness system to evaluate case and suspect case reporting along with statistical surveillance and data visualization of pre-diagnostic data to support the earliest possible detection of potential public health emergencies, whether natural or man-made. The BioSense Influenza Data Store (IDS) is designed as an integral component of the Centers for Disease Control’s (CDC) BioSense application. The IDS component provides web-browser-based-views of available influenza data. The IDS is provided as a mechanism for public health users at the National, State and local levels, to monitor, assess and track the events related to Influenza and Influenza outbreak/pandemic preparedness within the general population. BioSense sits atop a hospital’s existing information systems, continually gathering and analyzing their data in real time. Custom software developed by CDC monitors the facility’s network traffic and captures relevant patient records, diagnoses, and...
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