Comparing and Contrasting Two ESSENCE Syndrome Definition Query Methods

The Kansas Syndromic Surveillance Program (KSSP) utilizes the ESSENCE v.1.20 program provided by the National Syndromic Surveillance Program to view and analyze Kansas Emergency Department (ED) data. Methods that allow an ESSENCE user to query both the Discharge Diagnosis (DD) and Chief Complaint (CC) fields simultaneously allow for more specific and accurate syndromic surveillance definitions. As ESSENCE use increases, two common methodologies have been developed for querying the data in this way.

January 25, 2018

Investigating Other Syndrome in ESSENCE from a Data Quality Perspective

The Louisiana Office of Public Health (OPH) Infectious Disease Epidemiology Section (IDEpi) conducts syndromic surveillance of Emergency Department (ED) visits through the Louisiana Early Event Detection System (LEEDS) and submits the collected data to ESSENCE. There are currently 86 syndromes defined in LEEDS including infectious disease, injury and environmental exposure syndromes, among others. LEEDS uses chief complaint, admit reason, and/or diagnosis fields to tag visits to relevant syndromes.

January 25, 2018

ESSENCE Q & A

Presented November 29, 2017.

During this 60-minute session, Aaron Kite-Powell, M.S., from CDC and Wayne Loschen, M.S., from JHU-APL provide an overview of tips and tricks in ESSENCE to make it more useful for members and also answer questions regarding ESSENCE functions, capabilities and uses.

November 30, 2017

Using Weather and Environmental Data in ESSENCE

This document developed by the Oregon Public Health Division, Acute and Communicable Disease Prevention, is designed to help Oregon ESSENCE users create and interpret time series graphs that overlay health and weather or air quality data from a specific geographic area.

November 30, 2017

ESSENCE Online Training Course

NOTE: The video requires running Flash and works best on Mozilla Firefox. If you are using Google Chrome or another internet browser, please be aware that the video may not load properly.

The online training course will help novice and intermediate ESSENCE users learn how to perform routine tasks such as creating queries, analyzing data using multiple visualization types, and understanding alerts.  The training is broken into 7 components: 

June 16, 2017

ESSENCE Training: Sharing Queries

This presentation will focus on how to share queries in ESSENCE.  In addition to teaching the basic mechanics of the application, the presentation will explore advanced techniques for sharing queries in features like myESSENCE, report manager, and query manager.

Presenter

Wayne Loschen, MS Computer Science, Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory

May 05, 2017

ESSENCE Training: Using Queries

This presentation will focus on how to use queries in ESSENCE.  In addition to teaching the basic mechanics of the application, the presentation will explore advanced techniques for utilizing queries in features like myESSENCE, advanced graphing, and data downloads.

Presenter

Wayne Loschen, MS Computer Science, Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory

March 07, 2017

ESSENCE User Group

The ESSENCE User Group is a place to discuss ESSENCE best practices, issues, feature requests, and any other ESSENCE-related discussions.

 

Visit the group's home page for forums with questions, issues, comments, and concerns.

December 28, 2018

The Evaluation of Triage Notes Using ESSENCE-FL for Active Case Finding of Zika

The Florida Department of Health (DOH) utilizes the Electronic Surveillance System for the Early Notification of Community Based Epidemics (ESSENCE-FL) as its statewide syndromic surveillance system. ESSENCE-FL comprises of chief complaint data from 231 of 240 EDs, representing 96 percent of the total number of EDs in Florida. Historically, syndromic surveillance has categorized patient chief complaint data into syndromes for the purpose of disease surveillance or outbreak detection.

August 20, 2017

Tracking Health Effects of Wildfires: The Oregon ESSENCE Wildfire Pilot Project

Wildfires occur annually in Oregon, and the health risks of wildfire smoke are well documented1. Before implementing syndromic surveillance through Oregon ESSENCE, assessing the health effects of wildfires in real time was very challenging. Summer 2015 marked the first wildfire season with 60 of 60 eligible Oregon emergency departments (EDs) reporting to ESSENCE.

August 20, 2017

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