BioSense 2.0 Builds Community Governance
The BioSense 2.0 Governance group has also been active developing feedback mechanisms for the community, and will be working on developing their own section of the BioSense 2.0 information site (www.biosense2.org). The governance is comprised of members of local and state health departments, CDC, other federal agencies and partners, and private vendor groups.
As of October 2012, 32 jurisdictions have signed a Data Use Agreement to participate in BioSense 2.0, 24 more than ever participated in BioSense 1.0. These jurisdictions encompass a variety of perspectives, as well as a range of different experience levels. Many have never performed syndromic surveillance before, and are now increasing their capacity and ability to better respond to public health issues through funding from the BioSense Program. Onboarding and technical assistance is performed by the CDC BioSense Team on a daily basis, and is available to all State, Local, Tribal, and Territorial Health departments by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Greater capacity for data management and storage
- Cost saving in information technology and infrastructure
- Greater and more timely access to regional and national public health surveillance data
- Greater access to peers for sharing information, knowledge and best practice
- Greater opportunity for STLTs to develop biosurveillance capabilities and increase situational awareness