Developing, Evaluating, and Disseminating Definitions for Syndromic Surveillance in Public Health Practice: A Guidance Document

This document, released February 18, 2019, focuses on several key areas related to syndrome definition creation, including the basics behind a syndrome definition, steps to build a syndrome, evaluation of a new (or old) definition, and dissemination.

February 19, 2019

Monitoring Sexual Violence Visits in Emergency Department Data to Improve Public Health

Although sexual violence is a pressing public health and safety issue, it has historically been challenging to monitor population trends with precision. Approximately 31% of incidents of sexual violence are reported to law enforcement and only 5% lead to an arrest1, making the use of law enforcement data challenging. Syndromic surveillance data from emergency departments provides an opportunity to use care-seeking to more accurately surveil sexual violence without introducing additional burdens on either patients or healthcare providers.

June 18, 2019

The RHINO Community of Practice: Building a Space for Data Users and Enthusiasts in Washington State

Prior to June 2016, there were 45 registered users of syndromic surveillance data in Washington State, with 29 (64.4%) representing 5 of Washington’s 35 local health jurisdictions and 16 (35.6%) at the state level. Of those registered users, 9 (8.8%) had logged into ESSENCE at least once in the 6 months before October 2016. In June 2016, the Washington State syndromic surveillance program began accepting Meaningful Use data and sought to increase its user base.

January 21, 2018

Mandating Syndromic Surveillance Reporting from Emergency Departments: The Washington Experience

As syndromic surveillance reporting became an optional activity under Meaningful Use Stage 3 and incentive funds are slated to end completely in 2021, Washington State sought to protect syndromic reporting from emergency departments.

January 19, 2018

Discovering the New Frontier of Syndromic Surveillance (Pt 1): A Meaningful Use Dialogue on the Nebraska and Washington Implementations

This webinar is part of the Meaningful Use Webinar Series entitled "Discovering the New Frontier of Syndromic Surveillance: A Meaningful Use Dialogue"

September 30, 2017

Surveillance of Laboratory-confirmed Influenza Hospitalizations Using a Health Information Exchange

During the 2009 H1N1 influenza pandemic, the Washington State Department of Health (DOH) temporarily made lab-confirmed influenza hospitalizations reportable. Reporting of influenza hospitalizations is resource intensive for hospitals and local health jurisdictions. As a result, electronic sources of influenza hospitalization data are being explored.

May 02, 2019

Influenza surveillance using inpatient health information exchange data

During the 2009 H1N1 influenza pandemic, the Washington State Department of Health (DOH) temporarily made lab-confirmed influenza hospitalizations and deaths reportable. As reporting influenza hospitalizations is resource intensive for hospitals, electronic sources of inpatient influenza surveillance data are being explored.

June 18, 2019

All Traffic Related, Washington State Department of Health, 2018

Objective: Capture all traffic-related injuries presenting to the emergency room regardless of intent or vehicle type to allow monitoring of long-term trends in traffic-related injuries as well as short-term aberrations due to holiday, events, weather.

Syndromic Surveillance System: ESSENCE

Data sources: Emergency Department Visits

Fields queried: SubSyndrome Free Text, Chief Complaint History, Admit Reason Code, Admit Reason Combo, Discharge Diagnosis History

August 01, 2018

All Traffic Related v2 - Washington State Department of Health, 2019

Objective: This is an updated to the All Traffic-related submitted in 2018. The goal is to capture all traffic-related injuries presenting for healthcare, regardless of intent or vehicle type, to allow monitoring of long-term trends in traffic-related injuries as well as short-term aberrations due to holidays, events, or weather.

Syndromic Surveillance System: ESSENCE (NSSP)

Data sources: Emergency Department and Outpatient Clinic Visits

March 25, 2019

Homelessness - Washington State Department of Health

The following syndrome was developed to explore emergency department visit records involving people experiencing homelessness. Trends over time, patient demographics, geographic distribution, and primary reasons for seeking care were explored. Additionally, we have been using this definition, in combination with other illness/injury specific definitions to assess the trends in among people experiencing homelessness (e.g., cold-related illness among people experiencing homelessness during record low temperatures).

April 09, 2019

Contact Us

National Syndromic
Surveillance Program

Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention

Email:nssp@cdc.gov

The National Syndromic Surveillance Program (NSSP) is a collaboration among states and public health jurisdictions that contribute data to the BioSense Platform, public health practitioners who use local syndromic surveillance systems, CDC programs, other federal agencies, partner organizations, hospitals, healthcare professionals, and academic institutions.

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