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Table 4 Themes that contribute to information system and data usefulness

From: Perceived usefulness of a distributed community-based syndromic surveillance system: a pilot qualitative evaluation study

Theme Description
Standardization A common fixed case definition of influenza-like illness (ILI)
Regional Comparability Division of views into different regions to aid in comparisons
Completeness Extent to which the expected data are provided
Coverage Extent to which data are representative of populations to facilitate generalizations
Context Group or macro-level variables that frame the data; also referred to as metadata
Trusted Data Knowledge of the extent to which the data presented are valid and timely
Customization Availability of data and processing features to meet the surveillance needs of the local or state health jurisdiction