New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services (NJDHSS) - Davies Public Health Award

New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services (NJDHSS)Communicable Disease Reporting and Surveillance System (CDRSS) serves over 900 trained users covering various public health partners which include public health nurses, epidemiologists, health officers, clerical and administrative support staff, public health educators, hospital infection control professionals, and laboratory staff. There are trained users in each of New Jersey’s 114 local health departments which cover 566 municipalities in 21 counties. Other partners include the 22 Local Information Network and Communications System or LINCS agencies, and 80 acute care hospitals and medical centers.

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The CDS began converting CDRS to a patient-centric system and expanded its capacity to support surveillance activities. CDS renamed CDRS to the Communicable Disease Reporting and Surveillance System (CDRSS) to underscore the system’s expanded capabilities. Highlights of CDRSS included a separate module to capture influenza-like illness data from schools, hospitals, and long-term care facilities; disease mapping; enhanced reports for epidemiologic and administrative activities; and expanded data entry screens that allowed users to enter information on risk factors, clinical presentations, contact tracing, and case classification in discrete data fields.