AbstractIn response to pending legislation, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) recently issued a new Directive that requires mandatory reporting of infectious diseases to public health authorities. One potential implementation strategy is to use the VA's Healthcare Acquired Infection and Influenza Surveillance System - an electronic biosurveillance system that will soon be released nationally - which would not only build on existing technology, optimize reporting, and minimize work burdens on VA staff but also allow the VA to comply with Meaningful Use requirements.
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