NC PERRC releases report on strengthening biosurveillance systems

NC Preparedness and Emergency Response Research Center has released Improving Public Health Preparedness: Strengthening Biosurveillance Systems for Enhanced Situational Awareness.

This report is designed to aid state, territorial, tribal, and local public health leaders as they improve their capacity to achieve situational awareness during a public health emergency. It is intended to serve as a concise reference work public health leaders can use to help design and manage biosurveillance systems to be used during an anticipated public emergency.

The report lists “core” information needed to effectively manage the public health aspects of an event such as an outbreak, a natural disaster, or a mass gathering. It also describes guiding principles and system capabilities that assure surveillance information systems meet relevant standards, while addressing the need for flexibility to adapt to unique and changing circumstances. The report was prepared by staff at the North Carolina Institute for Public Health at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health and its subcontractor, Public Health Informatics Institute.

Support for this research was provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.