Syndromic surveillance : made in Europe

A. Ziemann

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The health of the population is threatened by various disease outbreaks, natural disasters or man-made threats. Rapid information is crucial to prevent spread of disease, target interventions and control rumours. However, current health information systems are too slow and focus on previously defined infectious diseases only. Ziemann found that analysing alternative, already existing, electronic information sources such as emergency care patient records or web searches provide supplementary, near real-time information on the public health impact of different infectious and non-infectious threats. Comparing experiences with such information sources across several European countries resulted in concrete recommendations to improve health information practice.
Original languageEnglish
QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
Awarding Institution
  • Maastricht University
  • Brand, Helmut, Supervisor
  • Krafft, Thomas, Supervisor
Award date7 Dec 2015
Place of PublicationMaastricht
Print ISBNs9783000512100
Publication statusPublished - 2015


  • health information
  • surveillance
  • Europe
  • comparative research

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