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Twelve states lack CDC-compatible disease surveillance system

January 2, 2008
by Heather B. Hayes
Government Health IT

Twelve states still do not have a disease surveillance system that is compatible with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) National Electronic Disease Surveillance System (NEDSS), according to a report by the non-profit Trust for America’s Health (TFAH) organization. The report noted that while states are making progress preparing to handle an infectious disease outbreak or bioterrorism attack, there are critical areas, including the availability of biosurveillance systems, that also need to be better addressed. “Ready or Not? Protecting the Public’s Health from Disease, Disaster and Bioterrorism” is the fifth annual preparedness assessment by the TFAH organization. It provides state-by-state preparedness scores based on 10 key indicators, including the practice of emergency drills, bio-threat testing capabilities and workforce surge preparedness. The 12 states that lack a NEDSS-compatible system include California, Connecticut, Arizona, Alaska and Minnesota, according to the TFAH assessment.

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