Protective Surveillance

+ What is the Center for Disease Control and what is its purpose in watching the lives of Americans?

Michelle Raftis

The Center for Disease Control located in Atlanta, Georgia is capable of intense probing and inquisitive information about whom they find interest.
“CDC is working with state and local health departments and information system contractors to develop real-time special event syndromic surveillance and analytical methods. During special events, CDC Enhanced Surveillance Projects (ESP) monitor sentinel hospital emergency department visit data to establish syndrome baseline and threshold.” The CDC is practicing syndromic surveillance on the population, which means that they are watching the public to better understand their health and what measures need to be done to ensure the general population’s health. They receive updates from urgent care specialists and emergency departments, which help them to make their observations and hypotheses needed. Most people do not realize that their medical records and clinical care is recorded and even used as research on population’s health. This poses the question of confidentiality.

This research will be discovered the surveillance done by the Center for Disease Control on the residents of America as well as many other countries. The CDC uses protective surveillance to research illnesses and other sicknesses in order to learn how to treat these certain diseases. The Center for Disease Control communicates most commonly through their government website, which will usually include their most recent findings on current cases as well as upcoming diseases and prevention strategies.

Government Surveillance

The Center for Disease control and Prevention is a government program, which is able to find a substantial amount of information through the help of the government.

Medical Surveillance

Because the CDC uses medical practices to get a leeway on upcoming diseases and other illnesses, they need to have strategies to find the information they need. They gather this information by using different surveys, administering tests, and using clinics.

Recorded Surveillance

The CDC can, at any time, locate information about specific people or people groups for their research. As well as locating this information, they can access medical records from different hospitals or clinics around the country.

So What?

This information is extremely important to the citizens of the United States and other countries. In most cases, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention is doing wonderful work in which they help raise awareness, gain insight, and distribute new information in order to help the population. Citizens should be able to know why and how the Center for Disease Control is accessing their information, even if it is for the common good of the population.

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