A process for ongoing monitoring of information (data) about a specific topic, problem, or disease (such as healthcare associated infections) where data is gathered, analyzed, and interpreted. Surveillance data are often used to identify areas for improvement, guide actions to improve the quality of healthcare delivery, and monitor whether those interventions result in better outcomes.
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An ongoing, systematic process of collecting, analyzing and using data on specific health conditions and diseases (e.g., Centers for Disease Control and Prevention surveillance system for AIDS cases).
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