Trends in Injection Opioid Use and Bloodborne Pathogen Related Diseases in New Jersey

When the opioid epidemic began in the early 1990s, pills such as oxycodone were the primary means of abuse.

June 18, 2019

Travel and Triage: Pilot project to detect infections after medical tourism procedures

EpiCenter, NJ’s statewide syndromic surveillance system, collects ED registration data. The system uses chief complaint data to classify ED visits into syndrome categories and provides alerts to state and local health departments for surveillance anomalies. After the 2014 Ebola outbreak in West Africa, the New Jersey Department of Health (NJDOH) started collecting medical notes including triage notes, which contain more specific ED visit information than chief complaint, from 10 EDs to strengthen HAI syndromic surveillance efforts.

January 25, 2018

HAI Surveillance Enhancement within EpiCenter by Utilization of Triage Notes

In New Jersey, Health Monitoring Systems Inc.’s (HMS) EpiCenter collects chief complaint data for syndromic surveillance from 79 of 80 emergency departments (ED). Using keyword algorithms, these visits are classified into syndrome categories for monitoring unusual health events.

July 06, 2017

Better, Stronger, Faster: Making the Case for Adding Data Fields to Syndromic Surveillance, NJ 2015

NJDOH created a custom classification in EpiCenter to detect synthetic cannabinoid-related ED visits using chief complaint data. DOH staff included the keywords black magic, black mamba, cloud 9, cloud 10,incense, k2, legal high, pot potpourri, spice, synthetic marijuana, voodoo doll, wicked x, and zombie which were obtained from the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. Staff also included the keywords, agitation, k-2, moon rocks, seizure, skunk, and yucatan to characterize the related event.

September 25, 2017

Better, Stronger, Faster: Why Add Fields to Syndromic Surveillance? New Jersey, 2015

In New Jersey, real-time emergency department (ED) data are currently received from EDs by Health Monitoring Systems Inc.’s (HMS) EpiCenter, which collects, manages and analyzes ED registration data for syndromic surveillance, and provides alerts to state and local health departments for surveillance anomalies.

August 23, 2017

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