NSSP Update – May 2021

NSSP Update

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.

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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.

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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.

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COVID-19 and Influenza Discharge Diagnoses as a Percentage of Emergency Department Visits, by Year—United States, June 2018–March 2021

See COVID-19 Stat.

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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.

Volunteers Needed

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.

Volunteers Needed

Developing Syndrome Definitions

NSSP works with health departments and CDC programs to develop and improve syndrome definitions. Also see the NSSP Community of Practice Knowledge Repository.external icon

ESSENCE Table Shows Lab Data by Individual Results

TECHNICAL UPDATES

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 map and coverage

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.

NSSP participation map and coverage

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.

Mark Your Calendar
Upcoming Events
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

View more calendar details at the NSSP Community of Practice.external icon

Page last reviewed: September 24, 2021