Right now health departments are getting anonymous emergency room data for the chief complaint. What will happen when all hospitals have electronic medical records? Could these be used for disease surveillance if the identity of the individual was protected, or would law enforcement and courts eventually break down this barrier and get access?
Please provide some insight.
Here is assistance with your project. Dr. Susan
Disease surveillance is an important role of the Public Health Departments and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Reporting certain signs and symptoms has been an ongoing aspect of reporting for some time. Historically, the containment of disease that was done by a single country is now done on a global proportion. Data is collected for the welfare of the public good. Patients who seek medical care and need to be quarantined from other individuals are done now on a voluntary basis. All medical information whether it is handwritten or electronic is still subject to the laws of confidentiality.
Health departments are not allowed to ...
Disease Surveillance is examined fully.