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Bulletin: Race/Ethnicity: Issue with Updating Patient Details

Introduction During the PA Emergency Department Data Collection work that is being done as part of the “PA Data Enhancements Project” (P22.007), we encountered a specific behavior within our product regarding how the Race/Ethnicity fields were populated for some patients. After investigating how this data was handled, we realized that if patients having a prior […]

Bulletin: Composed Classifiers

Introduction All Emergency Department Registration data coming into EpiCenter is automatically classified by the system. Classifications are categories or tags associated with each healthcare interaction that are used by EpiCenter’s Syndromic Surveillance and other analyses. Classifiers are groupings of conceptually similar classifications.  Classifications for Acute Care Interactions are based on an individual data field. Most […]

Bulletin: Data Flow from Facilities to EpiCenter

Introduction EpiCenter uses healthcare data as the input for Syndromic Surveillance, Visit Monitoring, Treatment Monitoring, and custom reports.. This bulletin provides specifics around how data flows from facilities to EpiCenter. Figure 1 – Data Flow from Hospital to EpiCenter Clarification on Data Flow Hospital Systems Facilities send electronic healthcare data to EpiCenter according to Health […]

Bulletin: Reviewing Vault Access by Users

Introduction Syndromic Surveillance collects a limited data set from participating healthcare facilities.  Under HIPAA, limited datasets do not require the same high security standards for data at rest and data in motion.  With the collection of data beyond Syndromic Surveillance data, which is not part of an evaluated limited data set, there is greater concern […]

Bulletin: EpiCenter Browser Support (Internet Explorer 11 End-of-Life)

Health Monitoring continues ongoing support of EpiCenter for the Google Chrome and Microsoft Edge browsers. As of November 30, 2020, Microsoft has stopped supporting Internet Explorer 11 (IE 11), as noted in the Microsoft announcement1 published on August 17, 2020.  This discontinuation may affect EpiCenter’s stability in IE 11. Impact on EpiCenter With Microsoft’s ceased […]

Bulletin: How EpiCenter Manages User Passwords

EpiCenter offers a set of built-in password complexity rules intended to enhance password security. EpiCenter customers may enable any subset of these rules to restrict user passwords.  When no password rules are enabled, EpiCenter will allow users to choose passwords without restriction. Passwords may be of any length and contain any combination of character types […]

Pittsburgh Technology Council Honors Health Monitoring Again; Company is Finalist for Innovator of the Year in the Health IT Category

For the third time in four years, Health Monitoring has been selected by Pittsburgh Technology Council as a finalist in the Tech 50 Awards. This year, Health Monitoring was again honored in the category of Health IT Innovator of the Year. Since 1996, the PTC’s Tech 50 Awards have recognized the most successful and innovative technology […]

Bulletin: Change in Definition of Chief Complaint Opioid-Related Evidence Classifier

Effective date: July 1, 2018 Health Monitoring’s evidence classifiers incorporate data from emergency department chief complaints, diagnosis codes, and clinical notes. Each classifier contains the classifications related to the data type. Each classification is defined by a particular set of keywords in conjunction with an absence of specified negative indicators. Definition Change At the request […]

Mendocino County Adopts EpiCenter for Community Health Surveillance

Pittsburgh, PA [June 15, 2018] — Health Monitoring and Mendocino County, California, recently finalized a two-year service agreement that will connect the county’s three hospitals to the EpiCenter™ syndromic surveillance system. These hospitals are Mendocino Coast District Hospital, Adventist Health Howard Memorial Hospital, and Adventist Health Ukiah Valley, which together handled more than 50,000 patient […]