This project aims to assess the impacts of state and federal laws on the practice of electronic syndromic surveillance (SyS) to monitor disease trends in near “real time.” The project will examine SyS systems operated by state and local health departments and their willingness to share SyS data with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) via the national BioSense system—a CDC-funded Internet “cloud-based” service hosted by the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials.
Health Communication and Information Technology
Health communication and information technology are vital to informing the public about health-related issues and opportunities. Electronic health records, data hubs, as well as other traditional communications mediums such as websites, media ads and commercials all play a role in communicating information to promote a safer, healthier population. Policies and laws can regulate access to information, the types of information shared, and the medium through which it’s shared.