What is syndromic surveillance?

Syndromic surveillance is a strategy used by public health for early event detection and to monitor the health of the community. It uses information, such as chief complaints from people seeking acute care, to identify emerging trends of public health concern. The data are grouped into syndromes based on the patient's symptoms, and statistical algorithms are run to identify unusual temporal and geographic patterns that might indicate situations of concern.

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1. What is syndromic surveillance?
2. What is NSSP?
3. Where can I find out more about syndromic surveillance?
4. Where can I find more information on other states and best practices for syndromic surveillance?
5. How do I get access to ESSENCE or KSSP data?
6. Who do I contact for ESSENCE troubleshooting?
7. Is the data identifiable?
8. How do I get information on Meaningful Use?