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Electronic Surveillance System for the Early Notification of Community based Epidemics

The Electronic Surveillance System for the Early Notification of Community-based Epidemics (ESSENCE) monitors and provides alerts for rapid or unusual increases in the occurrence of infectious diseases and biological outbreaks.

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Product Features

  • Provide interactive reporting, structured analysis, ad hoc queries of disease syndromes, disease and injury categories, and reportable medical events
  • Provide detection and alerts based on International Classes of Diseases Version 10 codes, pharmacy prescriptions, radiology and laboratory test orders, and advanced text parsing of patient chief complaints
  • Provide actionable patient-identifiable data for further investigation or validation
  • Provide alerts via application alert list, email and text message

Benefits to the Defense Health Agency

  • Monitor worldwide Department of Defense outpatient health care data for certain medical syndromes and other trends of public health interest, using detection methods developed in partnership with Johns Hopkins University
  • Allow Defense Health Agency epidemiologists and public health officers to obtain medical situational awareness and investigate reportable disease events

Downloadable Fact Sheet (PDF)

DHA Address: 7700 Arlington Boulevard | Suite 5101 | Falls Church, VA | 22042-5101

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