Success Stories

CDC’s National Syndromic Surveillance Program (NSSP) is a collaboration between CDC and local and state health departments that collect, analyze, and share patient encounter data from emergency departments, urgent and ambulatory care centers, and inpatient healthcare settings, as well as pharmacy and laboratory data. These data are used to improve local, state, and national situational awareness and enhance responsiveness to hazardous events and outbreaks.

The Syndromic Surveillance Community of Practice works to improve

  • Data representativeness;
  • Data quality, timeliness, and utility;
  • Practice of syndromic surveillance; and
  • Use of syndromic data for public health action and response.
Featured Success Story
Cold-related Illness Success Story

New Syndrome Definition for Cold-related Illness Cdc-pdf

The Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists and NSSP Community of Practice collaborated to create a standardized cold-related illness syndrome definition.

Syndromic Surveillance in Action
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