How to Participate

Sending Syndromic Data to KSSP

Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) is accepting syndromic surveillance data from eligible hospital emergency departments and qualifying walk-in clinics, after-hours clinics, and urgent care clinics. KSSP utilizes CDC's NSSP BioSense Platform for aggregation and analysis of syndromic surveillance data; BioSense data are held in the Amazon Cloud.

First Steps

There are two ways to submit syndromic surveillance data to BioSense:

  • Become a member of the Kansas Health Information Network (KHIN) or
  • Contact Jade Hodge

Facilities may choose to report data directly to BioSense or via a Health Information Exchange such as Kansas Health Information Network (KHIN). The HIO can act as a conduit of syndromic data to BioSense. This data transmission is in accordance with the standards set forth by the Office of the National Coordinator in order to meet Meaningful Use requirements.

All participants will be asked to sign and return the Data Usage Agreement (DUA). Failure to do so may cause data to be excluded from the NSSP BioSense Platform and thus make it inaccessible via ESSENCE.

Eligible Professionals (EPs)

KSSP accepts submissions from EPs practicing at qualifying walk-in clinics, after-hours clinics, and urgent care clinics.

Eligible Hospitals (EHs)

KSSP accepts submissions from EHs and CAHs with qualifying walk-in clinics, after-hours clinics, urgent care clinics, or emergency departments.

Meaningful Use Stage 3 Menu Objectives

The Stage 3 object that the eligible entity must show: "The eligible hospital or CAH is in active engagement with a public health agency or clinical data registry to submit electronic public health data in a meaningful way using certified EHR technology, except where prohibited, and in accordance with applicable law and practice."

Meaningful Use Reporting Criteria

Stage 1 & Stage 2

Stage 3

Please refer to the PHIN Messaging Guide for Syndromic Surveillance: Emergency Department, Urgent Care, Inpatient, and Ambulatory Care Settings, Release 2.0 implementation guide for message format specifications. Additional Kansas-specific criteria can be found in the KSSP Technical Specifications document.