Implementation of a Facility Based County Surveillance System Using Epi Info

Surveillance in nursing homes (Enserink et al., 2011) and day care facilities (Enserink et al., 2012) has been conducted in the Netherlands, but is not commonly practiced in the United States (Buehler et al., 2008). Outbreaks of illnesses within these facilities are required to be reported to the Epidemiology Program, however a small fraction of outbreaks reported come from LTCFs. Without regular communication between LTCFs and the Epidemiology Program, it is likely that many outbreaks are going unreported due to lack of awareness of the reporting requirements by facility staff.

January 25, 2018

Analysis of Daily Enhanced Syndromic Surveillance in Hillsborough County, FL, 2015

The Florida Department of Health in Hillsborough County (FDOH- Hillsborough) conducts enhanced syndromic surveillance on a daily basis. The Electronic Surveillance System for the Early Notification of Community-based Epidemics in Florida (ESSENCE-FL) is the syndromic surveillance system used by epidemiologists within the Florida Department of Health (FDOH). During the time of this study, ESSENCE-FL receives data from 210 of emergency departments (ED) and 33 urgent care centers (UCC) throughout the state of Florida, including 12 EDs and 3 UCCs in Hillsborough County.

July 11, 2017

Analysis of ED and UCC Visits Related to Synthetic Marijuana in ESSENCE-FL, 2010-2015

Illnesses related to synthetic marijuana use have been reported in many states, including Florida. Because these visits can present with a variety of symptoms, as well as be attributed to numerous diagnosis codes, it can be difficult to identify and quantify these visits. The Electronic Surveillance System for the Early Notification of Community-based Epidemics in Florida (ESSENCE-FL) receives chief complaint (CC) and discharge diagnosis (DD) data as free text allowing uncommon or new terms to be searched for within each patient visit.

August 23, 2017

How Should We Be Conducting Routine Analysis of Traditional Emergency Department Syndromic Surveillance Data?

Along with commensurate funding, an increased emphasis on syndromic surveillance systems occurred post September 11, 2001 and the subsequent anthrax attacks. Since then, many syndromic surveillance systems have evolved and have ever-increasing functionality and visualization tools. As outbreak detection using these systems has demonstrated an equivocal track record, epidemiologists have sought out other interesting and unique uses for these systems.

November 01, 2017

Effectiveness of Using a Chief Complaint and Discharge Diagnosis Query in ESSENCE-FL to Identify Possible Tuberculosis Patients and Contacts in Hillsborough County, Florida

The Electronic Surveillance System for the Early Notification of Community-based Epidemics in Florida (ESSENCE-FL) is a web-based application for use by public health professionals within the Florida Department of Health (FDOH). The main source of data for ESSENCE-FL is emergency department (ED) data. Ten hospitals in Hillsborough County, Florida send their data to the ESSENCE-FL server. ESSENCE-FL requires only a limited data set to be sent by the hospital which includes patient chief complaint (CC) and discharge diagnosis (DD).

August 22, 2018

Enhanced Disease Surveillance during the 2012 Republican National Convention, Tampa, FL


To describe disease and illness surveillance utilized during the 2012 Republican National Convention (RNC) held August 26-30, 2012 in Tampa, FL.


February 06, 2018

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