Kansas Syndromic Surveillance Program

Kansas Syndromic Surveillance Program

The Kansas Syndromic Surveillance Program (KSSP) collects de-identified information from hospital emergency department (ED), Inpatient, and urgent care/immediate care visits in a timely manner. The program provides KDHE, local health departments, and hospitals 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. More than 115 Kansas emergency departments provide data to KSSP, while remaining hospitals are working to submit their ED data. The program receives over 95% 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. Please contact [email protected] with questions about reporting syndromic data, access to ESSENCE, or data requests.

Declaration of Readiness

As of January 1, 2023, KSSP has declared readiness to accept data from eligible hospitals and eligible clinicians. Organizations interested in completing the Syndromic Surveillance Reporting Measure for Promoting Interoperability purposes should visit the Kansas Promoting Interoperability website.

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