NSSP Update – December 2021

NSSP Update

A Technical Newsletter for the NSSP Community of Practice | December 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.

Happy Holidays

Have a Healthful and Joyous Holiday Season!

We wish the happiest of holidays to all our public health department partners from the National Syndromic Surveillance Program (NSSP) and Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists teams!

Data interoperability


How to Implement Data Interoperability

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has revised public health reporting requirements, including for syndromic surveillance, for participants in the 2022 Medicare Promoting Interoperability Program. Here’s how we can help.

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RStudio Resources

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

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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.

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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
Dec 2021 Calendar
December 21 NSSP Vendor Patches (Testing and Development); 12:00–8:00 AM ET
December 23 NSSP Vendor Patches (Onboarding and Production); 12:00–8:00 AM ET

View more calendar details at the NSSP Community of Practice.