NC Disease Event Tracking and Epidemiologic Collection Tool: NC DETECT - $707,000

Sponsored by NC Dept of Health & Human Services, led by Anna Waller, ScD

UNC NC DETECT staff will work closely with Division of Public Health (DPH) staff to design, develop, and maintain a data system for public health surveillance that includes data from several sources. Hospital emergency department (ED) data are critical to the early detection of and response to public health outbreaks and emergencies, including a possible biological or chemical terrorist attack. The UNC Department of Emergency Medicine’s Carolina Center for Health Informatics has worked with DPH over 10 years to establish a timely and useful data system for ED visit information. North Carolina has mandated the collection of ED visit data by DPH and purchases hospital ED data from the North Carolina Hospital Association. The contract provides for NC DETECT to receive those data and continue building and using the state ED database and for guiding further development of ED data utility to the state. In addition, it provides for the receipt and use of data from other sources (e.g. poison control, EMS, urgent care) in NC to facilitate timely public health surveillance. The contract also provides for the coordination of Electronic Laboratory Reporting for the NC Electronic Disease Surveillance System (NCEDSS).

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