Ohio Department of Health Syndromic Surveillance Technical Specifications for Facility Data Transmissions

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services administers federal incentive programs for eligible hospitals (EHs), critical access hospitals (CAHs), eligible providers (EPs), and eligible clinicians (ECs) that have adopted and use certified electronic health record technology (CEHRT). The transmission of syndromic surveillance messages from health care providers to a public health agency using CEHRT is one of the measures available to incentive program participants.

March 16, 2018

Updates to the Implementation Guide for Syndromic Surveillance

In 2011, the CDC released the PHIN Implementation Guide (IG) for Syndromic Surveillance v.1 under the Public Health Information Network. In the intervening years, new technological advancements, EHR capabilities as well as epidemiological and Meaningful Use requirements have led to the periodic update and revision of the IG through informal and semi-structured solicitation and collection of comments from across public health, governmental, academic, and EHR vendor stakeholders.

January 25, 2018

HL7 balloting process for the Implementation Guide for Syndromic Surveillance

Syndromic surveillance seeks to systematically leverage health-related data in near "real-time" to understand the health of communities at the local, state, and federal level. The product of this process provides statistical insight on disease trends and healthcare utilization behaviors at the community level which can be used to support essential surveillance functions in governmental public health authorities (PHAs).

January 25, 2018

ICD-10-CM Conversion

Curated list of documents supporting the transition from ICD-9-CM to ICD-10-CM/PCS.

For more information about the project, visit the project description page on healthsurveillance.org.

October 30, 2017

Washington State Messaging Guide for Syndromic Surveillance

HL7 2.5.1 messaging for Emergency, Inpatient, Non-urgent Ambulatory, and Urgent Care Settings

March 16, 2018

Ensuring confidentiality and safety of cancer registry data in Kumasi, Ghana

Cancer registration involves collecting information on patients with cancer. Population-based cancer registries in particular are useful in estimating the disease burden and to inform the institution of prevention and control measures. Collecting personal information on patients with cancer requires strict adherence to principles of confidentiality to ensure the safety of the collected data. Failure may have legal and medical implications. The Kumasi Cancer Registry was established as a population-based cancer Registry in 2012.

July 27, 2017

HL7 Version 2.5.1 PHIN Messaging Guide for Syndromic Surveillance: Emergency Department, Urgent Care and Inpatient Settings, Release 2.0, NIST Clarifications and Validation Guidelines, Version 1.5 (July 2016)

This document lists conformance testing issues and associated policies derived by NIST, in collaboration with the CDC, based on a review of the HL7 Version 2.5.1 PHIN Messaging Guide for Syndromic Surveillance: Emergency Department, Urgent Care, Inpatient and Ambulatory Care Settings, Release 2.0, April 21, 2015, and Erratum to the CDC PHIN 2.0 Implementation Guide, August 20, 2015. The policies listed in this document are implemented in the NIST syndromic surveillance conformance test suite. 

March 21, 2017

PHIN Message Quality Framework (MQF)

The PHIN Message Quality Framework (MQF) is a web application that assists public health practitioners with preparing and communicating quality standard electronic messages as defined by the applicable messaging, vocabulary, and programmatic standards. This framework allows users to upload HL7 2.3.1 and 2.5.1 messages for Meaningful Use message validation for Electronic Laboratory Reporting, Immunization, and Syndromic Surveillance. 

March 15, 2017

The Impact of Standardized Decision Support on Syndromic Surveillance in Alberta

Syndromic surveillance uses pre-diagnostic data to inform communicable disease prevention and control. Among health zones in the province of Alberta, Canada, practices employed by public health when using elementary school illness-cause absenteeism data vary widely.


The objective of this study was to carry out a mixed-methods evaluation of the ability of standardized supports to improve the usefulness of school absenteeism syndromic surveillance for public health in Alberta.

September 21, 2017

The Public Health Community Platform: Implementing Electronic Case Reporting

The PHCP is a community-led initiative to provide shared infrastructure, services, and applications to the public health community as solutions for complex public health informatics problems. The project has progressed by establishing a governance structure led by an executive committee representative of the public health practice community. The executive committee has established the strategic path for the continued development of the PHCP and prioritized eCR as the initial use case for implementation.


September 21, 2017


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