publication . Article . 2008

Signals come and go: syndromic surveillance and styles of biosecurity

Lyle Fearnley;
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  • Published: 01 Jan 2008 Journal: Environment and Planning A: Economy and Space, volume 40, pages 1,615-1,632 (issn: 0308-518X, eissn: 1472-3409, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
Abstract
This paper follows the development of a novel biosecurity technology known as ‘syndromic surveillance’. By monitoring new sources of nondiagnostic health information (911 calls, ER triage logs, pharmaceutical sales), syndromic surveillance produces new ‘territories of intelligibility’. But the implemention of syndromic systems—and the opening up of these new territories—poses a problem of interpretation. What is significant in nondiagnostic data flows? In fact, the development of a national syndromic system in the United States attracted criticism from local public health experts, who complained about the costs of ‘false positive’ or insignificant detections. Th...
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free text keywords: Geography, Planning and Development, Environmental Science (miscellaneous), Public health, medicine.medical_specialty, medicine, Economics, Public relations, business.industry, business, Criticism, Population health, Preparedness, Health information, Biosecurity, Computer security, computer.software_genre, computer, Social science, Triage
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publication . Article . 2008

Signals come and go: syndromic surveillance and styles of biosecurity

Lyle Fearnley;