NSSP Update – November 2021

NSSP Update

A Technical Newsletter for the NSSP Community of Practice | November 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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What’s new with ESSENCE?

Filters that Improve Timeliness and Visualizations  ▪  Word Alert Feature  ▪  Machine Learning  ▪  Use Cases for Lab Data  ▪  Categories for Calculating Race and Ethnicity

Patient receiving band-aid after vaccination


RStudio Resources

Have you checked out NSSP’s RStudio resources lately? You can use ESSENCE application programming interfaces with the new Rnssp Package.

Patient receiving band-aid after vaccination

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.

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
November 18 NSSP Vendor Patches (Onboarding and Production); 12:00–8:00 AM ET
December 1 Syndrome Definition Subcommittee Call (Monthly); 1:00–2:00 PM ET
December 3 Syndromic Surveillance and Public Health Emergency Preparedness, Response, and Recovery Subcommittee Call (Monthly); 2:00–2:45 PM ET
December 8 Race and Ethnicity Data Quality Improvement Workgroup Call (Monthly); 3:00–4:00 PM ET
December 10 Data Quality Subcommittee Call (Monthly); 12:00–1:00 PM ET
December 13 NSSP Community of Practice Core Committee Call (Monthly); 1:00–2:30 PM ET
December 14 NSSP R User Group Call; 2:00–3:00 PM ET
December 14 NSSP Vendor Patches (Testing and Development); 12:00–8:00 AM ET
December 16 NSSP Vendor Patches (Onboarding and Production); 12:00–8:00 AM ET


View more calendar details at the NSSP Community of Practice.