Maryland to Monitor Hospitals for Signs of Biological, Chemical Attacks

Maryland announced Monday that it would roll out an electronic network to monitor 46 hospitals in the state for early signs of chemical or biological weapon strikes as well as natural disease outbreaks, the Washington Business Journal reported (see GSN, July 14, 2008).

Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley announced the launch of the new system, dubbed the Electronic Surveillance System for the Early Notification of Community-based Epidemics, or ESSENCE.. The system would collect information on symptoms of patients treated at hospital emergency rooms (Julekha Dash, Washington Business Journal, Aug. 25).

August 26, 2009
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Maryland announced Monday that it would roll out an electronic network to monitor 46 hospitals in the state for early signs of chemical or biological weapon strikes as well as natural disease outbreaks, the Washington Business Journal reported (see GSN, July 14, 2008).