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.
Among unintentional injuries, falls are the most common unintentional injury mechanism for visits to the North Carolina emergency department. In 2012, nearly 150,000 people visited the emergency department for a fall. More information is available in NC DETECT fact sheets on falls. Authorized users can also review detailed emergency department visit information for falls by logging into NC DETECT.