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Public Health Rep. 2011 Jan-Feb;126(1):13-8.

Enhancing surveillance for hepatitis C through public health informatics.

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Massachusetts Department of Public Health, Bureau of Infectious Disease Prevention, Response and Services, William A. Hinton State Laboratory Institute, 305 South St., Jamaica Plain, MA 02130, USA. dawn.heisey@state.ma.us

Abstract

Disease surveillance for hepatitis C in the United States is limited by the occult nature of many of these infections, the large volume of cases, and limited public health resources. Through a series of discrete processes, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health modified its surveillance system in an attempt to improve timeliness and completeness of reporting and case follow-up of hepatitis C. These processes included clinician-based reporting, electronic laboratory reporting, deployment of a Web-based disease surveillance system, automated triage of pertinent data, and automated character recognition software for case-report processing. These changes have resulted in an increase in the timeliness of reporting.

PMID:
21337927
PMCID:
PMC3001812
DOI:
10.1177/003335491112600105
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