Electronic Disease Surveillance System (EDSS) Vendor Analysis
The CDC Division of Notifiable Disease and Healthcare Information (DNDHI) engaged the Institute to conduct an analysis (summarization of system capabilities and core competencies) of selected commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) Electronic Disease Surveillance System (EDSS) vendors, and to distribute the findings to local and state health departments.
The purpose of this analysis is to help state and local health departments explore the potential of available surveillance systems to meet their needs, framing the landscape of the EDSS world so that they can make informed surveillance IT decisions. The analysis represents a point-in-time snapshot of the functionality of these systems. While this analysis does not constitute a vendor selection or recommendation, the analysis provides public health agencies a platform to inform their own selection processes, offering:
Insight into the EDSS landscape, using the selected representative systems
A framework to assist public health agencies in understanding their surveillance IT requirements
Templates and information to help reduce the number of vendors to be considered
Assistance to determine which EDSS can meet their needs
Special thanks to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation for their generous funding of the “Redesigning Public Health Surveillance in an eHealth World” project report, published in June of 2012, and to the workgroup participants whose work led up to that report. The surveillance system requirements defined during the collaborative workgroup meetings served as the primary/core Electronic Disease Surveillance System requirements used to analyze each of the vendor solutions in this analysis.