Mutual Benefits in Partnerships between Hospital-based and Public Health Department Syndromic Surveillance Systems in Outbreak Detection and Investigation


Syndromic surveillance has traditionally been used by public health in disease epidemiology. Partnerships between hospital-based and public health systems can improve efforts to monitor for disease clusters. Greenville Hospital System operates a syndromic surveillance system, which uses EARS-X to monitor chief complaint, lab, and radiological data for the four emergency departments within the hospital system. Combined, the emergency departments have approximately 145,000 visits per year. During March 2007 an increase in invasive group A Streptococcus (GAS) disease in the community lead to the use of syndromic surveillance to determine if there was a concomitant increase in Scarlet Fever within the community.


 Demonstrate the utility of collaboration between hospital-based and public health syndromic surveillance systems in disease investigation. Demonstrate the ability of syndromic surveillance in identification and evaluation of process improvements.

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October, 2007

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