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Technology played key role in E. coli alerts

Madison, Wis. - To the casual observer, responders contained the recent E. coli outbreak quickly, but in the eyes of many public health professionals, the automated system used to identify the disease and coordinate alerts has plenty of room for improvement.

Still, information technology played a key role in alerting public health officials of the recent outbreak, and it will play ......

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Disease radar: updating surveillance

An effort to equip the state's emergency health responders with more rapid disease tracking and communication systems has just left the gate with the installation of the Wisconsin electronic disease surveillance system (WEDSS).

The system, which could utili......

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Once health officials possess the genetic fingerprints, they turn to a Web-based database to compare findings rapidly. The database operates through PulseNet, a national network of public health and food regulatory agency laboratories co......

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"Many of our regions used the application to get information out about the E. coli outbreak," said Elaine Schweitzer, director of customer relations for EMSystem. "It's a Web-based application, which really serves emergency medicine very well because no matter where you're managing an event, if you can get on the Internet, you can get to the application. It's a rapid form of com......

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