REDCap for biocontainment worker symptom monitoring

Anne L. O'Keefe, Bryan F. Buss, Samir Koirala, Michael X. Gleason, Ashok Mudgapalli, Shelly Schwedhelm

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The Ebola epidemic of 2014 demonstrated that outbreaks of high-consequence infectious diseases, even in remote parts of the world, can affect communities anywhere in the developed world and that every healthcare facility must be prepared to identify, isolate, and provide care for infected patients. The Nebraska Biocontainment Unit (NBU), located at Nebraska Medicine in Omaha, Nebraska, cared for 3 American citizens exposed in West Africa and confirmed with Ebola virus disease (EVD). Symptom monitoring of healthcare workers caring for these patients was implemented, which included twice daily contact to document the absence or presence of signs of fever or illness. This article describes the symptom monitoring experience of the NBU and local and state public health agencies. Based on lessons learned from that experience, we sought a more efficient solution to meet the needs of both the healthcare facility and public health authorities. REDCap, an open-source application used commonly by academic health centers, was used to develop an inexpensive symptom monitoring application that could reduce the burden of managing these activities, thus freeing up valuable time. Our pilot activities demonstrated that this novel use of REDCap holds promise for minimizing costs and resource demands associated with symptom monitoring while offering a more user-friendly experience for people being monitored and the officials managing the response.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3-10
Number of pages8
JournalHealth Security
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 2019


  • Biocontainment
  • Epidemic management/response
  • Hospital preparedness
  • Infectious diseases

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Safety Research
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law
  • Health, Toxicology and Mutagenesis


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