Kansas Syndromic Surveillance Program

Kansas Syndromic Surveillance Program

The Kansas Syndromic Surveillance Program (KSSP) collects information from hospital emergency department (ED) and urgent care/immediate care visits in a timely manner. The program provides KDHE, hospitals, and local health departments with insights into rapidly changing health conditions in the state. KSSP uses this data to identify emerging public health threats, such as injury or illness, and enable the healthcare community to implement prevention measures. Over 126 Kansas emergency departments provide data to this program, while remaining hospitals are working to submit their ED data. KSSP receives over 98% of all ED patient visits each year.

Kansas participates in the National Syndromic Surveillance Program (NSSP), which uses ESSENCE (Electronic Surveillance System for the Early Notification of Community-Based Epidemics) for aggregation and analysis of syndromic surveillance data. For information about NSSP and ESSENCE, visit the NSSP website. Local Health Departments and hospitals interested in using Syndromic data should email the  KDHE Syndromic Surveillance Program to be granted access to ESSENCE.

Hospitals wanting to submit ED data or Urgent Care/Immediate Care clinics wanting to submit visit information should review the documents on this page or email KDHE's Syndromic Surveillance Program for more information. Facilities that are interested in completing the Syndromic Surveillance Reporting Measure for Promoting Interoperability purposes should visit the Kansas Promoting Interoperability website.

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