North Carolina Disease Event Tracking and Epidemiologic Collection Tool
The North Carolina Disease Event Tracking and Epidemiologic Collection Tool (NC DETECT) is North Carolina's statewide syndromic surveillance system. NC DETECT was created by the North Carolina Division of Public Health (NC DPH) in 2004 in collaboration with the Carolina Center for Health Informatics (CCHI) in the UNC Department of Emergency Medicine to address the need for early event detection and timely public health surveillance in North Carolina using a variety of secondary data sources. Authorized users are currently able to view data from emergency departments, the Carolinas Poison Center, and the Pre-hospital Medical Information System (PreMIS), as well as pilot data from select urgent care centers.
NC DETECT is designed, developed and maintained by CCHI staff with funding by the NC DPH. New functionality is added regularly based on end user feedback.
As explained in the NC DHHS Press Release on October 8, NC DETECT is one of the systems being used to monitor for potential cases of Ebola:
"Public health officials are actively monitoring for cases using a variety of methods, including surveillance of emergency department visits and collaborating with a network of hospital-based Public Health Epidemiologists. DHHS' State Laboratory of Public Health also has successfully established the capability to rapidly detect Ebola infection using procedures and materials provided by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and United States Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases."
To see the entire press release, please go to http://www.ncdhhs.gov/pressrel/2014/2014-10-08_ebola.htm
APHA Annual Meeting & Exposition
New Orleans, LA
November 15-19, 2014
International Society for Disease Surveillance Annual Conference
December 9-11, 2014
North Carolina State Health Director's Conference
January 22-23, 2015