Rapidly Adapting Flexible Surveillance Systems for Emergent Event Response


Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) epidemiologists have responded to multiple emergent outbreaks with diverse surveillance needs. During the 2009 H1N1 influenza response, it was necessary to electronically integrate multiple reporting sources and view population-level data, while during the 2014–2015 West African Ebola epidemic, it was necessary to easily collect and view individual level data from travelers to facilitate early detection of potential imported Ebola disease. DPH in-house information technology (IT) staff work closely with epidemiologists to understand and accommodate surveillance needs. Through this collaboration, IT created a robust electronic surveillance and outbreak management system (OMS) to accommodate routine reporting of notifiable diseases and outbreak investigations, and surveillance during emergent events.


To describe how flexible surveillance systems can be rapidly adapted and deployed, and increase the efficiency and accuracy of surveillance, during responses to outbreaks and all hazard emergent events.

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December, 2016

August 03, 2017

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