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A murky crystal ball?

October 21, 2009
Federal Computer Week

Critics say too many systems are collecting data on disease outbreaks with little coordination among them

About 300 systems at federal, state and local agencies monitor disease outbreaks and chemical exposure. Some critics say that multiplicity is a problem.

Serena Vinter, a senior research associate at the Trust for America's Health, a nonprofit public health organization, said having so many monitoring systems results in a murky rather than crystal-clear picture.

"There are too many disease surveillance systems, and they do not necessarily communicate with each other," Vinter said. "It is hard to get a good picture."

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