What is Syndromic Surveillance?
Syndromic surveillance refers to the systematic collection, grouping, and tracking of reason for visit-type data. Syndromic surveillance is not tied to reportable conditions or laboratory results, but rather is a set of information shared for all patient visits. (Or all visits of a certain type, such as all emergency department and urgent care visits.) Health care visit information is de-identified and grouped into “syndromes.” Syndromes are categories of visits that may be similar. Commonly used syndromes include: respiratory, gastrointestinal, neurologic, rash, sepsis, injury, animal bites, and severe illness/death. A typical syndromic surveillance system will alert the user when there are more visits of a particular syndrome than expected, based on past visits. NDDoH then follows up on any identified data anomaly to see if there might be a reason for unexpected increase.
If you have questions abpit the NDDoH Syndromic Surveillance Program, please contact Jill Baber, Syndromic Surveillance Coordinator for the North Dakota Department of Health at email@example.com or call 701.328.2378.