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BioSense; public health surveillance through collaboration
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    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (U.S.), Office of Surveillance, Epidemiology, and Laboratory Services., Division of Notifiable Diseases and Healthcare Information. ; BioSense ;
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    What is BioSense? -- BioSense 2.0 -- Unique features of BioSense 2.0 -- BioSense data enhance situation awareness

    The BioSense program tracks health problems in the United States as they evolve. It provides public health officials with the data, information, and tools needed to better prepare for and coordinate responses to safeguard and improve the health of Americans. The latest version, BioSense 2.0, launched in November 2011 and makes several changes to improve BioSense's ability to protect the health of the U.S. population. This collaborative data exchange system allows users to track health issues as they evolve. BioSense 2.0 is the only public health tool that provides a picture of what is happening right now with any health condition, anywhere and everywhere in the country. BioSense 2.0 pulls together information on emergency department visits and hospitalizations from multiple sources, including the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), the Department of Defense (DoD), and civilian hospitals from around the country. The BioSense program works with state or local health departments that have agreed to share data from their own emergency department monitoring systems to collect data from civilian hospitals. Analysis of these data provides insight into the health of communities and the country. Such data are vital to guide decision making and actions by public health agencies at local, regional, and national levels. BioSense 2.0 was developed and is governed by an active collaboration of CDC, state and local health departments, and other public health partners. The BioSense program is administered by the Division of Notifiable Diseases and Healthcare Information in CDC's Public Health Surveillance and Informatics Program Office; Office of Surveillance, Epidemiology, and Laboratory Services. .

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