Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory and InductiveHealth Informatics have partnered to offer a disease surveillance system designed to help users assess the health of their communities.
The partnership will offer the APL-built Electronic Surveillance System for the Early Notification of Community-based Epidemics platform to state and local government customers and help study expansion opportunities for the technology, APL said Thursday.
ESSENCE is developed in 1997 to routinely track anomalies that may indicate potential outbreaks by analyzing information such as emergency room and urgent care visits. Infection control specialists and epidemiologists may use the tool to search for signs or symptoms of possible surges.
APL noted over 25 jurisdictions currently employ ESSENCE. The system has been deployed to detect opioid-related deaths, support disaster recovery operations, track disease outbreaks from mass gatherings and assist in COVID-19 contact tracing efforts.
InductiveHealth is an Atlanta, Georgia-based software-as-a-service disease surveillance provider that offers services to customers from the public health sector.