NSSP Update – March 2023

NSSP Update

A Technical Newsletter for the NSSP Community of Practice | March 2023

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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Meeting Highlights

Comparison of Overdose Emergency Department Data Systems ▪ Policy for Federal Access to NSSP Data (Study Released) ▪ Tips to Engage Staff in Syndromic Surveillance

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Just Published! Fact Sheets and Technical Briefs on Chickenpox and Broad Acute Respiratory Illness

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New Release: Rnssp v0.2.0

New Rnssp package release provides updated data pull interface, improved anomaly detection algorithms, and two additional detectors to account for seasonal patterns across years.

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New Data Quality Template Available to Rnssp Users

Template calculates and summarizes data quality metrics.

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Job Aids Consolidate Resources and Streamline Query Development

The Ultimate Guide for Site Administrators and Query Development: Community and Technical Resources includes many “best of” syndromic surveillance resources and practices.

Jan 2022 ESSENCE Word Cloud

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.

Jan 2022 ESSENCE Word Cloud

Developing Syndrome Definitions

NSSP works with health departments, CDC programs, and others to develop and improve syndrome definitions. Here is a list of the syndromes being worked on now.

Mark Your Calendar

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The NSSP CoP Call Calendar lists the monthly NSSP Community of Practice call and subcommittee/group meetings. The CoP Call Calendar is maintained by the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists (CSTE).
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The monthly patching schedule for Testing/Development and Onboarding/Production environments is posted in Technical Updates.