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.