Analysis of Daily Enhanced Syndromic Surveillance in Hillsborough County, FL, 2015


The Florida Department of Health in Hillsborough County (FDOH- Hillsborough) conducts enhanced syndromic surveillance on a daily basis. The Electronic Surveillance System for the Early Notification of Community-based Epidemics in Florida (ESSENCE-FL) is the syndromic surveillance system used by epidemiologists within the Florida Department of Health (FDOH). During the time of this study, ESSENCE-FL receives data from 210 of emergency departments (ED) and 33 urgent care centers (UCC) throughout the state of Florida, including 12 EDs and 3 UCCs in Hillsborough County. In 2014, the ESSENCE-FL system added a feature that delivers an automatic daily email to designated primary ESSENCE-FL users in each county containing all visits which have been detected by the state’s visits of interest (VOI) query. The email contains all visits which have been detected by the visits of interest (VOI) query for each ESSENCE-FL users designated county. The VOI query utilizes the combined chief complaint and discharge diagnosis (CCDD) field of a visit for keywords related to reportable diseases and exposures of public health interest. In addition to this VOI email, Hillsborough County analyzes time of arrival alerts, specialized emerging infectious disease queries, poison information center data, and volume levels of syndromes and subsyndromes predetermined by ESSENCE-FL. A daily summary report of the enhanced daily surveillance analysis is then provided to area public health officials within FDOH-Hillsborough and the surrounding counties. This study examines how visits requiring additional investigation are detected and the resources required to complete the investigation.


Enhanced daily surveillance is used to identify reportable diseases, outbreaks, and clusters and provides situational awareness. This project examines how health care visits requiring additional information are detected using enhanced syndromic surveillance and the resources required from detection through completion.

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