Providing Data in a Distributed Cloud Computing Environment
BioSense 2.0 is the first Department of Health and Human Services system to move completely to a distributed cloud computing environment. Cloud computing gives participating health departments easily managed on-demand access to a shared pool of configurable computing resources such as networks, servers, software, tools, storage, and services, with limited need for additional IT support. Through the use of these common resources, BioSense 2.0 users gain significant efficiency, cost reduction, and information-sharing capabilities. With distributed cloud computing, each BioSense 2.0 participant controls its portion of the cloud and its data. BioSense 2.0 also provides local and state users free secure data storage space, an easy-to-use data display dashboard, and, most importantly, a shared environment where users can collaborate and advance public health surveillance practice. The BioSense 2.0 cloud computing environment is governed jointly by local, state, and federal public health representatives.
Sharing Data across Jurisdictional Lines
BioSense 2.0 is the only public health surveillance system that enables state and local health departments and CDC to quickly share health information with each other across city, county, or state jurisdictions. When joining BioSense, state and local health departments sign a data use agreement (DUA). The DUA allows them, along with CDC, to share data to conduct public health surveillance activities during emergencies and as part of significant events such as presidential inaugurations; Super Bowl football games; or for any local, regional, or national event.
Helping State and Local Health Departments Meet Meaningful Use Requirements
BioSense 2.0 expands the capacity of state and local health departments to support Meaningful Use programs intended to expand the use of electronic health records. BioSense 2.0 gives health departments a common electronic platform for collecting, storing, and sharing syndromic surveillance data, such as signs, symptoms and diagnoses of illness or injury. Syndromic surveillance is a system for collecting and analyzing medical data to validate and monitor harmful effects of exposures to diseases and hazardous conditions. Quick access to timely health data in the standardized BioSense 2.0 system helps state and local health departments implement public health interventions faster.