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
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Arizona Monitors Transfer of Patients with RMSF from Tribal Lands to Facilities in Maricopa Countypdf icon

Health practitioners in Maricopa County, Arizona, use NSSP–ESSENCE to monitor patients with suspected Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever being transferred from tribal communities to hospitals. This serious illness is spread by the bite of an infected tick and can be deadly if not treated early. RMSF is a nationally notifiable condition. Passive methods of surveillance, such as case reporting, are complemented by the use of active, near real-time syndromic surveillance.

Syndromic Surveillance in Action
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