Bio-Surveillance and Claims Databases

  • Morris F. Collen
Part of the Health Informatics book series (HI)


Computer-based surveillance systems develop a specialized form of database to monitor changes through time in a process involving individuals or population groups for their conformity to expected or desired results, to reflect trends, to signal alerts for the occurrence of specified adverse events, or to monitor the effects of intervention programs. A computer-based bio-surveillance system is one that has been developed with the objective of maintaining a vigil for specified potential health hazards, and has been programmed to collect large amounts of relevant data from many appropriate resources in order to be able to analyze the data for the specified health hazard conditions. The Food and Drug Agency (FDA) uses several large databases for the postmarketing surveillance of adverse drug events (ADEs). The Center for Disease Control (CDC) uses a variety of databases for the surveillance of potential epidemics of infectious diseases. Other federal agencies that use medical-related computer databases are the Medicare and Medicaid agencies that maintain very large claims databases of the payments for medical services to eligible patients.


Adverse Drug Event Adverse Event Reporting System Spontaneous Reporting System Potential ADEs Surveillance Database 


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