The Kansas Syndromic Surveillance Program (KSSP) quickly collects information from hospital emergency departments (ED) and urgent care clinic visits. This provides our department, hospitals, and local health departments insight into rapidly changing health conditions in the state. We use this data to describe emerging public health threats and enable the healthcare community to quickly identify health issues and take action to prevent injury and illness.
Kansas participates in the National Syndromic Surveillance Program (NSSP), which uses an Electronic Surveillance System for the Early Notification of Community-Based Epidemics (ESSENCE) for aggregation and analysis of syndromic surveillance data. For information about NSSP, visit the NSSP website.
Currently, 116 of 138 Kansas emergency departments share data. This is about 95% of all ED patient visits a year. Another 22 hospitals are working with us to submit their data. The map indicates emergency departments' status by Kansas Counties, see its legend for status explanations.