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chusetts and Kaiser Permanente Northern California, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Massachusetts registry of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, and from a national antibiotic resistance monitoring consortium (55 hospitals in Argentina).

Brigham and Women's Hospital's (BWH) Microbiology Laboratory investigators Thomas F. O'Brien along with his colleagues have developed WHONET, a microbiology information system for monitoring antimicrobial resistance. It is from here that all the data are collected.

Kaiser Permanente Northern California Division of Research's John Hsu along with Boston-based MIDAS researchers will test complex detection algorithms thereby looking for outbreaks of resistant pathogens that may be regional or national in scope.

The researchers have three areas to concentrate such as model specification, which gives the number of people using the health care services. Model building, which includes models that have the ability to detect and generate signals in case of an outbreak. Model evaluation, which combines the historical data with actual disease outbreaks thereby, helps us to understand the disease pattern.


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