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Health Monitoring Systems Releases EpiCenter(TM)
Date:4/15/2008

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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.
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