Syndromic Surveillance in Action

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

Tennessee Uses Syndromic Surveillance to Identify Potential Cases of Mumps pdf icon[PDF – 428 KB]

The Tennessee Department of Health routinely monitors syndromic data for conditions of immediate public health interest—such as measles, mumps, and rubella.

Syndromic Surveillance in Action
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