Using Syndromic Surveillance Data

Syndromic surveillance data is used by public health and preparedness agencies to track seasonal changes in infectious diseases and weather-related events, as well as monitor for the impact of disasters or other mass gathering events. These analyses can then be shared with emergency officials, community leaders, and the public. A software application called Electronic Surveillance System for the Early Notification of Community-based Epidemics (ESSENCE) enables local and state public health agencies to analyze and report on emergency department data submitted by Kansas hospitals. ESSENCE queries can track seasonal changes in infectious diseases and weather-related events, as well as monitor for the impact of disasters or other mass gathering events.

If your organization is interested in using syndromic surveillance data for public health surveillance, email us.

Examples of Kansas Syndromic Surveillance Program Data

Through conversations with interstate partners, state and local health departments, and researchers we have identified some topics of interest.

  • Animal Bites, Rabies Exposure, and Rabies Post-Exposure Prophylaxis
  • Data Quality and Timeliness
  • Extreme Heat/Cold Weather Exposure
  • Firearm Injuries
  • Fireworks Injuries
  • Foodborne Illness Outbreaks
  • Real-Time Large Event Surveillance
  • Suicidal Ideation and Mental Illness

To gain access to KSSP data, please send an email to Syndromic at KDHE about the following:

  • Hospital and health department inquiries
  • Researchers and other entities will require a data request and contact 

For assistance in the use of the ESSENCE Query Portal, the Kansas ESSENCE User Manual (PDF) can be found here.