highlight anomalies on a geographical or demographic basis. Charts can
display outbreaks and occurrences chronologically or regionally with
data sorted by numerous variables. Users can sort by patient age,
gender and home neighborhood, as well as by location of
healthcare-providing institutions or by other criteria users determine.
-- DATA NORMALIZATION. Analysis of data collected through EpiCenter can be
normalized automatically -- for example, corrected for seasonal or
day-of-week variations that occur naturally.
-- DISCHARGE/DISPOSITION INFORMATION. Unlike older biosurveillance
systems, EpiCenter includes the ability to track the outcome of a
patient's emergency department visit, including discharge, hospital
admission, transfer or even death. That follow-up data gives public
health a more accurate view of the severity of health issues
confronting specific regions.
"There are compelling reasons why the health information technology sector is expanding: the need is there," said Hutchison. "And nowhere is that imperative more pronounced than in giving public health authorities the resources they need do a more effective job.
"We're helping public health use knowledge and insight to protect community health on a whole new -- and more meaningful -- scale."
ABOUT HEALTH MONITORING SYSTEMS
The privately owned HMS (http://www.hmsinc.com) is a pioneer in community
health surveillance. The company maintains online networks to collect data
from hospitals and other healthcare providers, and then offers advanced
analytics of the aggregated information to detect, understand and manage
real-time and emerging health and safety issues, ranging from such routine
events as seasonal illnesses to potentially catastrophic ones such as
fast-moving epidemic spread and bioterrorism attacks.
|SOURCE Health Monitoring Systems|
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