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North Carolina Electronic Disease Surveillance System (NC EDSS)

NC EDSS, the North Carolina Electronic Disease Surveillance System, is a component of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) initiative to move states to web-based health surveillance and reporting systems. NC EDSS is also part of the Public Health Information Network (PHIN). The electronic system replaced a patchwork of smaller disease-specific surveillance systems and paper-based reporting.

NC EDSS is used by the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Public Health, the state's 86 local and multi-county district health departments (LHDs), and eight HIV/STD Regional Offices. Laboratories also report electronically to NC EDSS.

NC EDSS:

  • Provides a single, secure, integrated system and set of procedures for all communicable disease and vaccine-preventable disease reporting.
  • Provides LHDs ready access to their data.
  • Increases data sharing among LHDs.
  • Has statewide outbreak management and contact tracing capability.
  • Provides better tracking of lab results and stores lab data with case data.
  • Creates a centralized repository of person-based public health data.
  • Makes it possible to analyze morbidity patterns across diseases.
  • Can track co-morbidity of specific patients (e.g., HIV/TB, syphilis/hepatitis B) to provide better disease control.
  • Provides disease mapping tools for LHDs (GIS, or Geographic Information Systems).
  • Provides LHDs access to historical disease data (+/- 15 yrs).