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Syndromic Surveillance messaging allows both outpatient and inpatient facilities to report chief complaint data of a patient to the Division of Disease Control in an automated and secure process for early detection of potential disease events.
How do I get started?
First, your facility will need to determine if the facilities Electronic Health Record (EHR) can send an electronic file in Health Level 7 (HL7) format. Disease Control will accept either HL7 version 2.3.1 or HL7 version 2.5.1, with preference given to 2.5.1 if it is a possible mechanism.
During the testing phase, traditional syndromic surveillance from facilities currently doing so will need to continue until both the facility and Disease Control have verified that the new electronic reporting is working correctly. Transmissions will be via secure message exchange. Currently, North Dakota is utilizing a secure ftp transport.
While Disease Control will be available to provide some assistance with mapping, the hospital IT personnel and software vendors will be responsible for most of the coding and implementation.
If you have questions, please contact Lindsey VanderBusch at firstname.lastname@example.org. In the subject line, please put Syndromic Surveillance Implementation Questions, or call 701.328.2378.
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