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Meaningful Use

BioSense 2.0 also expands the capacity of state and local health departments to support the electronic health records Meaningful Use programs by providing them with the technology they need to collect and analyze large amounts of syndromic surveillance data from hospitals, urgent care centers, and other health providers. Syndromic surveillance is a system for collecting and analyzing medical data to detect and monitor disease outbreaks and harmful effects of exposures to hazardous conditions. This feature gives state and local health departments access to timely data so they can implement public health interventions in their communities and across jurisdictional boundaries.