Maryland's acute-care hospitals to adopt epidemic warning system

09/16/2009 | Government Health IT magazine

All acute-care hospitals in Maryland are set to implement by fall the Electronic Surveillance System for the Early Notification of Community-based Epidemics. The Web-based reporting system originally was developed by the U.S. Defense Department in an effort to track bioterrorism attacks but now will be used to monitor communicable diseases and symptoms. The hospitals will use ESSENCE to keep informed about H1N1 flu cases and other public health issues.

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