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by E. Lamb
Thursday, October 18, 2018
Standard Language for SyS Data/Information Sharing 1 R. Ergas Thanks for sharing this resource, Rosa!
by E. Lamb
Thursday, September 20, 2018
Sex & Gender 2 D. Bedford Brian Dixon from Regenstrief Institute and Indiana University also suggested these two references for your question:   https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4441683/   https://hl7.org/fhir/2018Jan/valueset-gender-identity.html  
by S. Dearth
Sunday, September 16, 2018
Text In Discharge Diagnosis Field 5 J. Mabion Thanks for the suggestions!
by J. Mabion
Friday, August 17, 2018
Masking Patient Names 2 B. Yarnell In New Jersey, we have the same issue and, like Rosa in MA, we'll be interested in either working with NSSP or at least hearing how that work goes.  While we feel comfortable that the access to the information meets confidentiality criteria (no access outside of public health), it would be helpful to have it addressed since it's not imperative to the work of surveillance.  Thank you Brittany for raising the issue!  
by T. Hamby
Monday, July 30, 2018
ESSENCE - Set data access to specific levels of aggregation 2 J. Johnson You could always set up a data user agreement separately with other jurisdictions if Maine has its own syndromic surveillance system independent of NSSP. Messages could be sent from the other jurisdiction and be ingested directly into Maine's system, say for Maine residents.
by R. Thomas
Wednesday, June 6, 2018
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