Electronic School Absenteeism System for Multiple Disease Surveillance in Hong Kong
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Ip, D., Lau, E. H., So, T., Ho, L.- ming, Cowling, B. J., & Leung, G. (2014). Electronic School Absenteeism System for Multiple Disease Surveillance in Hong Kong. Online Journal of Public Health Informatics, 6(1). https://doi.org/10.5210/ojphi.v6i1.5084

Abstract

Surveillance systems utilizing early indicator of disease activity would be useful for monitoring community disease pattern and facilitating timely decision making on public health interventions in an evidence-based manner. We explored the feasibility and practicability of establishing an electronic school absenteeism surveillance system in Hong Kong for monitoring influenza-like illness (ILI) and other emerging diseases, e.g. hand-foot-mouth disease (HFMD), using automatically captured data employing smart card technology. Preliminary data show that ILI-specific absenteeism rates reached their peaks 1-3 weeks ahead of the hospital laboratory surveillance data and HFMD-specific absenteeism rates were in phase with syndromic surveillance system from sentinel practitioners.
https://doi.org/10.5210/ojphi.v6i1.5084
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