Evaluating Biosurveillance System Performance: Using the Early Aberration Reporting System (EARS) to Detect H1N1 in Monterey County, California (Poster)
Fricker, Ronald D.
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The Monterey County Health Department (MCHD) in California uses the Early Aberration Reporting System (EARS) to monitor emergency room and clinic data for biosurveillance, particularly as an alert system for increases in various types of disease. The flexibility of the syndrome building process has proven to be the most useful feature of EARS compared to other biosurveillance tools, but it is also the one feature most prone to programming errors. To ameliorate this issue, a collaborative academic/public health partnership was developed to provide an opportunity to study methods which improve the overall biosurveillance goals of EARS.