CDC grants awarded to improve data sharing for disease detection
NEWS IN BRIEF — Posted Feb. 5, 2007
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced $3.7 million in new grants to enhance the use of health care information to improve detection and response to emerging public health threats.
The grants will fund studies at three new Centers of Excellence in Public Health Informatics. Those centers will be located at the New York City Dept. of Health and Mental Hygiene; the University of Utah, Salt Lake City; and Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore.
The centers will work with the CDC's BioSense program, which provides real-time biosurveillance for potential health threats through immediate access to data from hospitals and health care systems in major metropolitan areas nationwide. The grants will help identify new tools and methods to enhance health information sharing with an eye toward the ultimate adoption of a nationwide, technology-based, integrated health care surveillance system.
Note: This item originally appeared at http://www.ama-assn.org/amednews/2007/02/05/hlbf0205.htm.