29 March 2012

A Message from the BioSense Redesign Team

The following is a message from the BioSense Redesign team with a March update on the Redesign Project.

It’s Time to Retire, On-Board, and Award!

They say time flies when you’re having fun… well, it’s been four months since BioSense 2.0 opened for business! And as of Friday, March 30th, we will retire BioSense 1.0. This milestone is the direct result of collaborative efforts between our stakeholders and the Redesign Team.  Your feedback and ongoing involvement with the redesign have made twenty first century surveillance a reality. And, if you haven’t already, please take a moment to register for access to BioSense 2.0.  There are two ways to establish a BioSense 2.0 account. Please visit the Community Forum to learn how you can gain access to the new environment.

For additional information or assistance with on-boarding, please take a moment to view our technical assistance (TA) resources in the “on-boarding information” section of the Library. Current TA resources provide pertinent recruitment and on-boarding information for BioSense 2.0. We anticipate the TA focus will shift once we move out of the recruitment phase and include sharing promising and best practices for using the BioSense 2.0 application for enhanced public health surveillance. 

Finally, in the next few weeks, the Redesign Team will announce the recipients of the BioSense 2.0 Challenge Grants. A total of 14 letters of intent were received and 12 organizations were invited to apply. The applications are currently under review and award decisions will be announced no later than March 30, 2012. The BioSense 2.0 Challenge Grant Opportunity was created to help sites and public health jurisdictions address challenges and overcome barriers to establishing or enhancing syndromic surveillance capabilities within the BioSense 2.0 community.  As part of CDC’s ongoing commitment to innovation and creativity, we are working to identify new funding opportunities for the public health community.  So stayed tuned for upcoming submission guidelines!

Have questions about BioSense 2.0 or on-boarding?  View our new FAQs or simply visit the BioSense Redesign Collaboration Site where you can read our most recent community forum posts or e-mail info@biosen.se.

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