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Communicable Disease Prevention/ Public Health Preparedness


This model practice outlines how one health department implemented automated electronic communicable disease reporting system, known as HealthSentry™. It can also alert health department staff if potential agents of bioterrorism have been found.

HealthSentry was developed to help meet the challenge of linking public health organizations to reliable clinical data without burdensome manual data collection and reporting. Included are details regarding responsiveness and innovation of the program, agency and community roles, costs, lessons learned, and key elements for replication.

Primary Toolkit:

PH Informatics Toolkit

Keyword Area:

Health Information Exchange (HIE), Health Information Technology (HIT), Infectious Diseases


Institutional Author:

Kansas City Health Department





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