Rough Guide to Set up Data Feed for Poison Center Data in Your State

The Oregon ESSENCE team has developed a guide for other states to use to set up a web service link to their poison center and extract its data into ESSENCE. It contains advice based on Oregon’s experience in developing its link with its poison center and NDPS, a plug-&-play (almost) Rhapsody configuration file (and instructions) to install, and data dictionaries provided by NPDS.

The publication date is February 1, 2019.

January 31, 2019

Ohio Department of Health Syndromic Surveillance Technical Specifications for Facility Data Transmissions

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services administers federal incentive programs for eligible hospitals (EHs), critical access hospitals (CAHs), eligible providers (EPs), and eligible clinicians (ECs) that have adopted and use certified electronic health record technology (CEHRT). The transmission of syndromic surveillance messages from health care providers to a public health agency using CEHRT is one of the measures available to incentive program participants.

March 16, 2018

The Opioid Epidemic: From Evidence to Impact

Released October 2017. Prepared by the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and the Clinton Foundation, Clinton Health Matters Initiative.


November 13, 2017

Washington State Messaging Guide for Syndromic Surveillance

HL7 2.5.1 messaging for Emergency, Inpatient, Non-urgent Ambulatory, and Urgent Care Settings

March 16, 2018

Message Guide Workgroup (MG)

The Messaging Guide Workgroup is working to prepare the next version of the Syndromic Surveillance Messaging Guide for HL7 Balloting. The goals of the group include:

November 30, 2018

NEDSS Base System (NBS): Electronic Data Exchange and Workflow Decision Support

The NBS is an integrated disease surveillance system deployed in 22 public health jurisdictions to support receipt, investigation, analysis and reporting, and data exchange for state reportable conditions. The NBS is governed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and state, local, and territorial users that make up the NBS Community. In the early 2000’s, electronic laboratory results reporting (ELR) was implemented in an effort to improve timeliness and completeness of disease reporting.

July 17, 2017

NBS: A Community-Based Approach to Developing an Integrated Surveillance System

The NEDSS Base System (NBS) is a web-based, standards- driven, integrated disease surveillance system launched in 2001 and is currently in use in twenty-two public health jurisdictions. Over the past fifteen years, the NBS has grown into a highly functional, modern application that supports: case management, electronic data exchange, metadata-driven data collection, workflow decision support, and a host of other functionalities, all of which are defined and designed through a community-based approach. 


July 17, 2017

Epi Archive: automated data collection of notifiable disease data

Most countries do not report national notifiable disease data in a machine-readable format. Data are often in the form of a file that contains text, tables and graphs summarizing weekly or monthly disease counts. This presents a problem when information is needed for more data intensive approaches to epidemiology, biosurveillance and public health as exemplified by the Biosurveillance Ecosystem (BSVE).

July 27, 2017

NIST Syndromic Surveillance Test Suite 2015 Edition

Details about the ONC 2015 Edition certification criteria for Syndromic Surveillance and the related NIST Test Suite were explained previously. We now provide an overview and key information regarding updates to the Test Suite and how it is designed to be used.


The NIST Syndromic Surveillance Test Suite for 2015 Edition ONC certification testing was published in February 2016. Key information related to the purpose, development, and use of this conformance test tool is provided via snapshots on a poster.

August 03, 2017

An open source inventory to evaluate public health surveillance systems

A variety of government reports have cited challenges in coordinating national biosurveillance efforts at strategic and tactical levels. The General Accountability Office (GAO), an independent nonpartisan agency that investigates how the federal government funding and performs analysis at the request of congressional committees or by public mandate, has published 64 reports on biosurveillance since 2005.

July 10, 2017


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