Civilian-military Collaboration: Department of Defense data in the BioSense Platform

The DoD provides daily outpatient and emergency room data feeds to the BioSense Platform within NSSP, maintained by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This data includes demographic characteristics and diagnosis codes for health encounter visits of Military Health System beneficiaries, including active duty, active duty family members, retirees, and retiree family members. NSSP functions through collaboration with local, state, and federal public health partners utilizing the BioSense Platform, an electronic health information system.


August 15, 2017

Correlation Between Influenza-Like Illness Reported by ILINet and NSSP, Kansas, 2014-2015

Influenza is not a notifiable disease in Kansas; patient-level influenza data is not reported to the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE). Kansas’ primary method of influenza surveillance is the U.S. Outpatient Influenza-like Illness Surveillance Network (ILINet), a collaboration between the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and state health departments.

August 28, 2017

Towards Self Validation: Progress and Roadmap for Automating the Validation of BioSense Partner Facilities

One of the greatest hurdles for BioSense Onboarding is the process of validating data received to ensure it contains Data Elements of Interest (DEOI) needed for syndromic surveillance. Efforts to automate this process are critical to meet existing and future demands for facility onboarding requests as well as provide a foundation for data quality assurance efforts. By automating the validation process, BioSense hopes to:

1. Reduce costs associated with the iterative validation process.

2. Improve BioSense response times for assistance with onboarding.

September 19, 2017

Update on the CDC National Syndromic Surveillance Program

The Public Health Security and Bioterrorism Preparedness and Response Act of 2002 mandated establishing an integrated national public health surveillance system for early detection and rapid assessment of potential bioterrorism-related illness. In 2003, CDC created and launched the BioSense software program. At that time, CDC’s focus was on rapidly developing and implementing Web-based software to collect hospital emergency department data for analysis to detect and monitor syndromes of public health importance.

September 20, 2017

NSSP Onboarding - Creating a Systematic Approach

NSSP Onboarding has historically been a very labor intensive and manual process that requires a great deal of guidance and time investment from NSSP Onboarding Team members.  In order to meet future demand, Jurisdictions will play a greater role in managing the onboarding of local facilities.

The objective for the next year is to begin creating resources that jurisdictions can use to help facilities perform self-guided onboarding.

To begin the process, the onboarding team is documenting the onboarding discussions and processes.

March 14, 2017

JIRA Service Desk: The New Portal for NSSP/BioSense Technical Assistance

An introduction to the NSSP Service Desk portal for technical assistance which is replacing the old "BioSenseProgram" help desk email with email address.


  • Create Your Service Desk Account
  • NSSP Service Desk Dashboard
  • Manage Your Service Desk Account
  • Enter, View and Respond to Your Requests
  • Service Desk Walkthrough
  • Questions


Soby Tadjalli
Terence Merritt
Max Worlund

June 29, 2017

The National Syndromic Surveillance Program

Join Michael Coletta, CDC Program Manager, for a presentation on the CDC National Syndromic Surveillance Program (NSSP - formerly known as BioSense).  Following a thorough review of the BioSense Program in 2013, CDC initiated the BioSense Enhancement Initiative (BEI) which builds on the past successes, while addressing areas that need improvement, allowing for a national view of syndromic surveillance that will provide many additional public health benefits.

March 14, 2017

Experts Collaborate to Develop a Standardized Syndrome Definition for Cold-related Illness

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.

March 04, 2019


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