Surveillance Data and Systems

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Surveillance Data & Systems

The risks to human health are changing all the time. Our information gathering operation is essential to maintain up-to-date information on trends in a wide range of diseases and environmental hazards. The collection of accurate and timely data lies at the heart of HPS’s operations and underpins all of our activities in protecting the health of the Scottish population. This involves close collaboration with a network of public health professionals and specialist agencies at local, national and international level.

Data is provided though an extensive surveillance network which encompasses laboratories, hospitals, General Practitioners, NHS boards and local authority departments, in addition to surveillance centres in Europe and around the world.

The collection of data from laboratories has been streamlined in recent years and HPS is collaborating with other organisations to develop electronic systems which automate the capture of surveillance information.

Last reviewed: 05 January 2010