Effectiveness of Using a Chief Complaint and Discharge Diagnosis Query in ESSENCE-FL to Identify Possible Tuberculosis Patients and Contacts in Hillsborough County, Florida

Michael Wiese, David Atrubin, Warren McDougle, Jylmarie Lewis


The Electronic Surveillance System for the Early Notification of Community-based Epidemics in Florida (ESSENCE-FL) is a web-based application for use by epidemiologists within the Florida Department of Health and other public health professionals. In Hillsborough County, Florida a specific query has been developed to search for and identify possible tuberculosis patients and exposed contacts among the emergency department data in ESSENCE-FL. This study is designed to determine the usefulness of specific term-chief complaint and discharge diagnosis queries in identifying tuberculosis patients and exposed contacts

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.5210/ojphi.v6i1.5080

Online Journal of Public Health Informatics * ISSN 1947-2579 * http://ojphi.org