Epidemiological Surveillance

According to the World Health Organization, Public health surveillance is the continuous, systematic collection, analysis and interpretation of health-related data needed for the planning, implementation, and evaluation of public health practice.

Such surveillance can:

  • Serve as an early warning system for impending public health emergencies
  • Document the impact of an intervention, or track progress towards specified goals
  • Monitor and clarify the epidemiology of health problems, to allow priorities to be set and to inform public health policy and strategies.

Epiconcept supports the development of surveillance systems:

  • In the upstream design phase: identification of priorities, definition of quantifiable objectives, implementation of systems.
  • In the monitoring phase: descriptive analysis, including mapping and GIS (Geographic Information Systems); time series analysis.
  • Downstream: evaluation of epidemiological surveillance systems and practical recommendations for their improvement (on request).

This epidemiological expertise can be supplemented by implementing computer components of surveillance systems and by user training.