National Syndromic Surveillance Program (NSSP)

Georgia uses syndromic data to identify chlorine gas exposure at swimming pool

Syndromic Surveillance in Action

Georgia uses syndromic data to identify chlorine gas exposure at swimming pool.

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Learn why CDC uses syndromic surveillance to protect public health

Learn why CDC uses syndromic surveillance to protect public health

Arizona monitors transfer of patients with Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever from tribal lands to hospitals

Syndromic Surveillance in Action

Arizona monitors transfer of patients with Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever from tribal lands to hospitals

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Fast figures and stats about the NSSP BioSense Platform

Fast figures and stats about the NSSP BioSense Platform

Kansas uses syndromic data to educate public and providers about rabies

Syndromic Surveillance in Action

Kansas uses syndromic data to educate public and providers about rabies

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Syndromic surveillance provides health officials a timely system for detecting and monitoring health events. By tracking symptoms of patients in emergency departments—before a diagnosis is confirmed—public health can detect unusual levels of illness to determine whether a response is warranted. Every day, data from more than 4,000 healthcare facilities from 47 states, representing 70% of the nation’s emergency department visits, are sent to the National Syndromic Surveillance Program (NSSP).

NSSP is a collaboration among CDC, federal partners, local and state health departments, and academic and private sector partners who have formed a community of practice. They collect, analyze, and share electronic patient encounter data to detect, characterize, monitor, and respond to events of public health concern. Syndromic data can serve as an early warning system for public health concerns such as flu outbreaks and have been used in responses for opioid overdoses, vaping-associated lung disease, Zika virus infection, and natural disasters.

Announcements
NSSP Development of Queries to Support Lung Injury Response

NSSP Develops Queries to Support Lung Injury Response

In mid-August 2019, NSSP staff began working with members of the NSSP CoP and CDC’s National Center for Injury Prevention and Control (the Injury Center) to develop queries that could support CDC’s ongoing multistate lung injury response. The NSSP and Injury Center teams collaborated with community partners to draft and refine two definitions.

About the NSSP

Learn how syndromic surveillance detects and monitors health events through the National Syndromic Surveillance Program (NSSP) and its community of practice.

Syndromic Surveillance in Action

Learn how syndromic surveillance has improved the nation’s public health in success stories from our local and state public health department partners.

How NSSP Partners Across CDC

Learn how NSSP partners with programs across CDC to improve syndromic surveillance and respond to health events like the opioid overdose epidemic, vaping lung disease outbreak, and Zika virus infection.

NSSP Technical Resources

Access our resources for syndromic surveillance practitioners such as the NSSP Community of Practice, Knowledge Repository, BioSense Platform and tools, onboarding materials, and quick start guides.

Page last reviewed: November 8, 2019