Near Real-time Surveillance of Disease during 2016-17 Influenza Season in the U.S.


Public health agencies worldwide all enjoy the same mission—providing healthcare warnings, guidance, and support to the public and healthcare professionals they represent. A critical element in achieving this mission is accessing timely and comprehensive surveillance information about disease in their regions of responsibility. Advances in diagnostic technologies for infectious disease and in the wireless conveyance of information hold great promise for advancing the quality of surveillance information and in facilitating the delivery of timely, accurate, and impactful public health information. Quidel Corporation has developed a cloud–based, wireless communications system that is fully integrated with its Sofia fluorescence immunoassay (FIA) platform for rapid, point-of-care diagnosis of infectious disease. The system, called the Virena Global Wireless Surveillance System (hereinafter, Virena) provides test results to public health organizations and other appropriate entities in near-real time. Currently, more than 4,000 Sofia instruments are transmitting results automatically by Virena. This presentation describes the use of Virena in surveilling influenza in the U.S. in the 2016-2017 influenza season, when over 700,000 influenza-like-illness (ILI) patient results were transmitted. The methods employed, results, and the promise of this innovative system will be discussed.


Demonstrate performance of the Virena Global Wireless Surveillance System, an automated platform utilized in conjunction with the Sofia FIA Analyzer, for near real-time transmission of infectious disease test results to public health and other healthcare organizations.

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January, 2018

January 25, 2018

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