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, the Michigan Disease Surveillance System (MDSS), was specifically designed to receive laboratory reports for confirmed cases of infectious diseases. Laboratory reports make it possible for public health officials to identify and respond to outbreaks quickly. It has been central to Michigan’s coronavirus response. The system is processing and validating 40,000 laboratory reports a day. MDSS electronic laboratory reporting capabilities has allowed Michigan to be ranked a top state in making coronavirus data available.