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

HL7 Terminology Management for Disease Surveillance

In 2013, the Utah Department of Health (UDOH) began working with hospital and reference laboratories to implement electronic laboratory reporting (ELR) of reportable communicable disease data. Laboratories utilize HL7 message structure and standard terminologies such as LOINC and SNOMED to send data to UDOH. These messages must be evaluated for validity, translated, and entered into Utah’s communicable disease surveillance system (UT-NEDSS), where they can be accessed by local and state investigators and epidemiologists.

January 21, 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

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

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

The Evolution of the WHO/NREVSS Influenza Surveillance System: The Challenges and Opportunities that Accompany Electronic Laboratory Data

The Influenza Division (ID) in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) maintains the WHO/NREVSS surveillance system, a network of laboratories in the U.S. that report influenza testing results. This system has seen many changes during the past 40 years, especially since the 2009 H1N1 pandemic. This was due in large part to increased adoption of HL7 messaging via PHLIP. PHLIP data is detailed, standardized influenza testing information, reported in near real-time.

May 02, 2019

Using Information Entropy to Monitor Chief Complaint Characteristics and Quality

Health care processes consume increasing volumes of digital data. However, creating and leveraging high quality integrated health data is challenging because large-scale health data derives from systems where data is captured from varying workflows, yielding varying data quality, potentially limiting its utility for various uses, including population health. To ensure accurate results, it’s important to assess the data quality for the particular use.

July 13, 2018

Confusing Standards: Common Misconceptions about Disease Surveillance Standards

Domains go through phases of existence, and the electronic disease surveillance domain is no different. This domain has gone from an experimental phase, where initial prototyping and research tried to define what was possible, to a utility phase where the focus was on determining what tools and data were solving problems for users, to an integration phase where disparate systems that solve individual problems are tied together to solve larger, more complex problems or solve existing problems more efficiently.

May 02, 2019

Navy Disease Reporting System Case Validation through Use of HL7 and SADR/SIDR Databases: Chlamydia Trachomatis

Reporting allows for the collection of statistics that show how often disease occurs, which helps researchers identify disease trends and track disease outbreaks. U.S. Navy has a modified list of reportable medical events to accommodate for deployment limiting functions. Reports on all reportable events are submitted to the Naval Disease Reporting System (NDRS). Medical event surveillance is particularly important in the military populations where medical events can have mission-degrading implications and affect troop strength.

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July 30, 2018

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