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The DQ Dashboard is an interactive tool developed to help you identify potential data processing issues and to ensure useful syndromic data by measuring the timeliness, completeness, and validity of data being processed on the BioSense Platform.


North Carolina hosted the 2018 FEI WEG in Polk County at the Tryon Equestrian Center in September 2018. Polk County, located in the Mountain region of Western North Carolina, is home to 20,357 people, and the population is widely distributed. Event organizers expected approximately 300,000 to 500,000 people to visit the area, with 800 horses from 71 countries taking part in the games. Providing adequate public health epidemiologic investigations and response for the large scale event in the predominantly rural area presented a challenge. The NC Surveillance & Response Team was created to facilitate enhanced surveillance for significant public health events during the WEG, assist local public health agencies with epidemiologic investigations and response, develop public health risk assessments, and implement control measures. Surveillance data were collected from the North Carolina Electronic Disease Surveillance System (NC EDSS), North Carolina’s and CDC’s National syndromic surveillance systems (NC DETECT and NSSP ESSENCE), Public Health Epidemiologists from Atrium Health and Mission Hospital, and reports from the on-site medical facility (MED-1) at the Tryon Equestrian Center. The data were reviewed and summarized in internal and external situation reports.

Objective: To describe surveillance activities and use of existing state (NC DETECT) and national (NSSP) syndromic surveillance systems during the International Federation for Equestrian Sports (FEI) World Equestrian Games (WEG), in Mill Spring, NC from September 11 to September 23, 2018

Submitted by elamb on Tue, 06/18/2019 - 20:22

The DoD and VDH both maintain local ESSENCE installations to monitor the health status of their military and civilian populations, respectively, and submit syndromic surveillance data to the NSSP ESSENCE to foster data sharing and collaborative initiatives among public health entities. Military Treatment Facilities (MTFs), housed on DoD installations, provide healthcare to all service members and their beneficiaries stationed in the area. Service members and their beneficiaries represent a substantial portion of the local community and interact with the civilian population throughout daily activities. Sharing syndromic surveillance data between DoD and public health jurisdictions can provide public health situational awareness among both civilian and military populations to support disease surveillance. DoD and VDH engaged in a pilot project to develop processes and procedures for data sharing, data access, and communication with the aim they can serve as best practices for other jurisdictions seeking to share syndromic surveillance data with DoD.

Objective: This panel will focus on the experiences from the Department of Defense (DoD) and Virginia Department of Health (VDH) data sharing project using the National Syndromic Surveillance Program (NSSP) ESSENCE and will discuss lessons learned, challenges, and recommendations within the following areas: 1) data sharing authority, 2) coordination and implementation of data sharing with a focus on personnel, training, and managing access and 3) communication between local, state, and federal agencies.

Submitted by elamb on Tue, 06/18/2019 - 20:22

Held on March 14, 2019.

During this 90-minute session, Aaron Kite-Powell, M.S., from CDC and Wayne Loschen, M.S., from JHU-APL provided updates on the NSSP ESSENCE platform and answered the community's questions on ESSENCE functions and features.

In winter, people are at risk for cold-related illness (CRI) such as hypothermia. Deaths coded as weather-related from 2006 through 2010 showed exposure to excessive cold as the leading cause of weather-related deaths in the United States.1 Therefore, the National Syndromic Surveillance Program Community of Practice (NSSP–CoP) worked with the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists (CSTE) to create a standardized cold-related illness syndrome definition.

Submitted by elamb on Mon, 03/04/2019 - 17:01

Presented December 4, 2018.

The Webinar, Introduction of SAS Studio Basics to the BioSense Platform, will include overviews, summaries, tips, tricks, and examples across a number of SAS topics on the BioSense Platform. Some of these topics will include the BioSense Platform SAS Pilot background and summary, the SAS Studio overview and setup, neat SAS features, code examples, and how to perform an API call from ESSENCE.


Roseanne English, BS, Analytic Data Management Lead, CDC 

Held September 13, 2018.

Aaron Kite-Powell, M.S., from CDC and Wayne Loschen, M.S., from JHU-APL were available during this 60-minute session to provide updates on the ESSENCE platform as well as tips and tricks to make it more useful for members. Attendees came prepared with questions regarding ESSENCE functions, capabilities and uses.