NSSP Update – May 2021
A Technical Newsletter for the NSSP Community of Practice | May 2021
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.
SYNDROMIC SURVEILLANCE IN ACTION
Syndromic Surveillance Informs Decision to Safely Reopen Alabama Schools and Businesses
Alabama’s dashboard shows multiple metrics simply and is a highly used public health tool for understanding the risk of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) spread. Read more.
COVID-19 Pandemic-Associated Changes in Emergency Department Visits—United States, December 2020–January 2021
Efforts to ensure public understanding of the importance of seeking guidance and emergency care for acute and mental or behavioral health conditions are necessary. Read the article.
Emergency Department Visits for Tick Bites—United States, January 2017–December 2019
A novel query of NSSP data indicated that one out of every 2,000 emergency department visits is for tick bites, with higher incidence during the spring and early summer and in the Northeast. Read the article.
COMMUNITY OF PRACTICE
Community Discusses New ESSENCE
Features ▪ Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Proposes Rule to Revise Promoting Interoperability Program
Here’s how your NSSP Community of Practice is advancing syndromic surveillance.
Lab Tests Compiled into Lookup Table
We’ve enhanced the CDC COVID Data Tracker to reflect improvements to the discharge diagnosis-only query and updated the AMC User Manual and NSSP Data Dictionary. Read more.
NSSP Participation Increases
At least 71% of the nation’s emergency departments contribute data to NSSP. That’s more than 6,000 health care facilities! Here’s the latest map of participating U.S. counties.
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.
|May 18||NSSP Community of Practice Call (Monthly); 3:00–4:30 PM ET|
|May 18||NSSP Vendor Patches (Testing and Development); 12:00–8:00 AM ET|
|May 19||Race and Ethnicity Data Quality Improvement Workgroup; 3:00–4:00 PM ET|
|May 20||NSSP Vendor Patches (Onboarding and Production); 12:00–8:00 AM ET|
|May 25||Data Sharing Workgroup Call (Monthly); 3:00–4:00 PM ET|
|May 27||NSSP ESSENCE User Group; 3:00–4:00 PM ET|
|June 2||Syndrome Definition Subcommittee Call (Monthly); 1:00–2:00 PM ET|
|June 4||Syndromic Surveillance and Public Health Emergency Preparedness, Response, and Recovery Subcommittee Call; 2:00–2:45 PM ET|
|June 8||NSSP-R User Group Call; 2:00–3:00 PM ET|
|June 9||Race and Ethnicity Data Quality Improvement Workgroup (Monthly); 3:00–4:00 PM ET|
|June 11||Data Quality Subcommittee Call (Monthly); 12:00–1:00 PM ET|
|June 13–17||CSTE 2021 Virtual Conference|
|June 14||NSSP Community of Practice Core Committee Call (Monthly); 1:00–2:30 PM ET|
|June 15||NSSP Vendor Patches (Testing and Development); 12:00–8:00 AM ET|
|June 17||NSSP Vendor Patches (Onboarding and Production); 12:00–8:00 AM ET|
|June 22||Data Sharing Workgroup Call (Monthly); 3:00–4:00 PM ET|
|June 22||NSSP Community of Practice Call (Monthly); 3:00–4:30 PM ET|
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