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Table 1 Main characteristics of the French (2SE FAG) and British (PRISM and RMS) military syndromic surveillance systems

From: Proposal of a framework for evaluating military surveillance systems for early detection of outbreaks on duty areas

  2SE FAG PRISM RMS
Nationality French British British
Year begun 2002 1991 2005
Year ended - 2004 -
Recorded data for patients Specific list of symptoms * Specific list of symptoms * Specific list of symptoms *
Person responsible for data input Military general practitioner or nurse Military personnel (not from health service) Military personnel (not from health service)
Support for input PC or PDA ** PDA PDA
Data transmission Telephone link Communication satellite Communication satellite Communication satellite
Automatization of data analysis Automated Not automated Not automated
Method of data analysis CPEG, EWMA ** - -
Synthesis for commanders Real-time automated indicators No indicators Non-automated indicators
Feed-back for actors In real time - Weekly
Evaluation programme Before, during and after deployment - Before, during and after deployment
  1. 2SE FAG: "Système de surveillance en temps réel au sein des forces armées en Guyane"
  2. PRISM: Prototype Remote Illness and Symptom Monitor
  3. RMS: Real-time Medical Surveillance
  4. * The specific lists of symptoms are different for the French and British systems
  5. ** PC: Personal computer, PDA: Personal digital assistant
  6. *** CPEG: Current/past experience graph, EWMA: Exponential weighted moving average