Early effect of validation efforts of Massachusetts syndromic surveillance data

As a participant in the National Syndromic Surveillance Program (NSSP), the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH) has worked closely with our statewide Health Information Exchange (HIE) and National Syndromic Surveillance Program (NSSP) technical staff to collect and transmit emergency department (ED) data from eligible hospitals (EHs) to the NSSP. Our goal is to ensure complete and accurate data using a multi-step process beginning with pre-production data and continuing after EHs are sending live data to production.


July 27, 2017

Evaluating the application and utility of ESSENCE for early event detection

In spite of the noted benefits of syndromic surveillance, and more than a decade after it started gaining support, the primary use for syndromic surveillance appears to be largely for seasonal and jurisdictional disease monitoring, event response and situational awareness as opposed to its intended purpose of early event detection.

July 27, 2017

Evaluation of chlamydia and gonorrhea electronic provider reports data quality

Electronic case reporting (eCR) is defined as the fully or semiautomated generation and electronic transmission of reportable disease case reports from an electronic health record (EHR) system to public health authorities, replacing the historically paper-based process. ECR has been reported to increase the number, accuracy, completeness and timeliness of surveillance case reports.

July 27, 2017

NIST Syndromic Surveillance Test Suite 2015 Edition

Details about the ONC 2015 Edition certification criteria for Syndromic Surveillance and the related NIST Test Suite were explained previously. We now provide an overview and key information regarding updates to the Test Suite and how it is designed to be used.


The NIST Syndromic Surveillance Test Suite for 2015 Edition ONC certification testing was published in February 2016. Key information related to the purpose, development, and use of this conformance test tool is provided via snapshots on a poster.

August 03, 2017

Data quality visualization for aggregate surveillance data with application to now-casting

This webinar will present a set of tools developed for visualizing data quality problems in aggregate surveillance data, in particular for data which accrues over a period of time. This work is based on a data quality analysis of aggregate data used for ILI surveillance within the Distribute system formerly operated by the ISDS. We will present a method developed as a result of this analysis to ‘nowcast’ complete data from incomplete, partially accruing data, as an example of how forecasting methods can be used to mitigate data quality problems.


March 13, 2017

Evaluation of HIV/AIDS Surveillance System (2010-2013) in Enugu State April 2014

Evaluation of a public health surveillance system is one of the major outputs of the field attachment of the Nigeria Field Epidemiology and Laboratory Training Programme.To conduct this activity, the HIV/AIDS surveillance system in Enugu State, Nigeria was evaluated.

August 31, 2017

Evaluation of Legionellosis Surveillance in Michigan Focusing on Diagnostic Testing

In Michigan, both presentations of legionellosis, Pontiac Fever (PF) and Legionnaires’ Disease (LD), are reportable through the Michigan Disease Surveillance System (MDSS), a web-based electronic database. Legionella pneumophila serogroup 1 is responsible for 5090% of cases.1,2 Several diagnostic tests are available with varying sensitivities and specificities. Urinary Antigen testing (UAg) is the most commonly used test but only reliably detects L. pneumophila-1.

August 31, 2017

A Suggestion to Improve Timely Feedback of Infectious Disease Surveillance Data at a Provincial Level in South Korea

In South Korea, the NNDSS is organized at three levels: local, provincial, and central. At the local level, physicians report the cased to the Public Health Center (PHC) and PHC conduct control measures. At the provincial level, the PHC reports the cases to the Department of Health (DOH) of the province and DOH obliged to report the cases to the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC) and feedback of the surveillance data to PHC and physicians.

August 07, 2017

Evaluation of the Measles Case-Based Surveillance System in Kaduna State (2010-2012)

In Africa, approximately 13 million cases of measles and 650,000 deaths occur annually, with sub-Saharan Africa having the highest morbidity and mortality (1). Measles infection is endemic in Nigeria and has been documented to occur all year round despite high measles routine and supplemental immunisation coverage (2,3). The frequent outbreaks of Measles in Kaduna State prompted the need for the reevaluation of the Measles case-based surveillance system.


August 31, 2017

A Timeliness Study of Disease Surveillance Data Post ELR Implementation in Houston

Since 2009, Houston Health Department (HHD) uses an electronic disease surveillance system (Maven) to receive ELRs from reporting facilities in the Houston jurisdiction. Currently, two large hospital systems, a blood bank, two large commercial labs, and two public health labs are sending ELRs to Maven. The overall percentage of disease reports received via ELR was over 50%. We hypothesize that the implementation of ELR has improved the timeliness and completeness of disease surveillance.


August 07, 2017


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