We partnered with epidemiologists, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and clinicians to design and develop a monitoring system for the state of Michigan that provides public health officials with the ability to access a rich set of case investigation data in a common format; generate over a dozen reports with the data, including visualizations; and export the data to standardized analytical software tools to perform epidemiological studies. Additionally, we created a validation tool to continuously monitor the incoming data from health care providers to ensure patient information is reported accurately and completely.
The system we created, known as the Michigan Disease Surveillance System, and accompanying validation tool, has made it easier for health care providers and public officials to report and investigate potential outbreaks. The speed and accuracy with which data is shared through the system enables public health officials to mitigate emerging threats and protect lives. In 2017, 48,000 infectious disease and foodborne illness cases were reported and captured, and 105,000 laboratory reports were generated.