NSSP Update – October 2020

NSSP Update

A Technical Newsletter for the NSSP Community of Practice | October 2020

The National Syndromic Surveillance Program issues NSSP Update monthly to share the latest Community of Practice activities, technical and program updates, and ways in which syndromic surveillance is improving public health.

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Changing Age Distribution of the COVID-19 Pandemic — United States, May–August 2020

This article combines syndromic surveillance data from emergency departments, laboratory results, and case data for insight into how the pandemic shifted toward younger age groups. Read more.

EID outbreak


Assessing 3 Outbreak Detection Algorithms in an Electronic Syndromic Surveillance System in a Resource-Limited Setting

Authors evaluate performance of X-bar chart, exponentially weighted moving average, and C3 cumulative sums aberration detection algorithms for acute diarrheal disease syndromic surveillance at naval sites in Peru during 2007–2011. Read more.

NSSP Community of Practice


Join a NEW Workgroup ▪ Report Describes How to Improve Data Quality of Electronic Health Records ▪ Register for 2020 Syndromic Surveillance Symposium (Nov 17–19)

Learn what each subcommittee does to advance syndromic surveillance practice, what’s been added to the Knowledge Repository, and more updates.

Technical Updates


NSSP Adds Lab Keywords for COVID-19 ▪ Fall 2020 Onboarding Begins ▪ Updates to Access & Management Center Successfully Deployed 

Read more.

Data Quality Corner


NSSP Introduces New Data Quality Filters

The NSSP team’s work with state partners has produced filters that reduce the effect of changes in data quality across syndromic trends. Read more.

View more articles at our Data Quality Corner.

ESSENCE word cloud queries

Monthly National-level Free-text ESSENCE Queries

Analysts can exercise a high level of customization by using free-text queries. They can quickly code free-text queries and rapidly respond to outbreaks, disasters, and health events that unfold. These word clouds capture free-text queries from a national perspective.

NSSP participation map and coverage

NSSP Participation Map and Coverage

NSSP data covers about 73% of all emergency department visits in the United States. Updates are published quarterly.

Mark Your Calendar
Upcoming Events
October 16 Data Quality Subcommittee Call (Monthly): 12:00–1:00 PM ET
October 20 NSSP vendor patches in Testing and Development environments: 12:00–8:00 AM ET
October 20
NSSP Community of Practice Call (Monthly): 3:00–4:30 PM ET
October 22 NSSP vendor patches in Onboarding and Production environments: 12:00–8:00 AM ET
November 4 Syndrome Definition Subcommittee Call (Monthly): 1:00–2:00 PM ET
November 6
Syndromic Surveillance and Public Health Emergency Preparedness, Response, and Recovery Subcommittee Call (Monthly): 2:00–2:45 PM ET
November 9 NSSP CoP Core Committee Call (Monthly): 1:00–2:30 PM ET
November 13 Data Quality Subcommittee Call (Monthly): 12:00–1:00 PM ET
November 17
NSSP Community of Practice Call (Monthly): 3:00–4:30 PM ET

View more calendar details at the NSSP Community of Practice.