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System taps data for bioterror clues

Two Massachusetts-based companies, Metatomix Inc. and SiteScape Inc., have developed a Web-based syndromic surveillance system that provides real-time monitoring of potential bioterrorist threats by culling data from a variety of sources. Syndromic surveillance involves tapping data from laboratories, clinics, pharmacies, hospitals or public health departments, looking for clusters of particular symptoms that may signal a bioterrorist attack. “What we do is, we tie non-invasively into those systems,” said Karen Cummings, Metatomix’s vice president for marketing. She said the company’s SMARTE (Surveillance, Monitoring and Real-Time Events) system was designed so organizations and agencies would not give up ownership of their data. Nothing is required on a participating agency’s end except a secure port to access their information system. Full Story

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