Onboarding is a collaborative process in which we will work with your health department, facility, vendor for electronic health records (EHR), or health information exchange (HIE) to transmit syndromic surveillance data from internal medical record systems to the NSSP BioSense Platform.

Since its inception, the NSSP has promoted data interoperability. NSSP participants follow the same standards and processes and, in many instances, use the same tools to collect, analyze, and transmit data. NSSP participants have a shared understanding of how to set up and maintain high-quality data feeds. They follow syndromic surveillance messaging specifications, available on the NSSP Technical Publications and Standards website, to ensure adherence to Public Health Information Network standards. Most follow the rules set up by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to incentivize the use of electronic health records.

Our experienced onboarding team members have compiled resources to help navigate the onboarding process. The NSSP BioSense Platform New Facility Onboarding Guide, NSSP BioSense Platform New Site Onboarding Guide, and job aids will guide you step-by-step through planning and onboarding. Links to forms and templates are provided below.

If you represent an HIE, hospital, or EHR vendor and want to participate in the NSSP, please contact nssp@cdc.gov. If you’re already an NSSP participant and seek additional technical assistance with onboarding, please contact the Service Desk.

Syndromic Surveillance Job Aids

These job aids bring together some of the “best of” resources developed by NSSP and the community:

New Facility Onboarding Guide and Job Aids

Onboarding Resources

  • Master Facility Table (MFT) Data Reference Guide
    This guide describes data elements and processing rules, provides SQL queries for locating data in facility and crosswalk tables, and summarizes information dropped when NSSP converted legagy data to the new data flow.