Identifying and Communicating the Importance of the Variable Nature of SyS Data

Heather Rubino, David Atrubin, Janet J. Hamilton


ObjectiveThis roundtable will provide a forum for national, state, and localmanagers of syndromic surveillance systems to discuss how theyidentify, monitor, and respond to changes in the nature of their data.Additionally, this session will focus on the strengths and weaknessof the syndromic surveillance systems for supporting programevaluation and trend analysis. This session will also provide a forumwhere subject matter experts can discuss the ways in which this deepunderstanding of their data can be leveraged to forge and improvepartnerships with academic partners.IntroductionAs syndromic surveillance systems continue to grow, newopportunities have arisen to utilize the data in new or alternativeways for which the system was not initially designed. For example,in many jurisdictions syndromic surveillance has recently becomepopulation-based, with 100% coverage of targeted emergencydepartment encounters. This makes the data more valuable for real-time evaluation of public health and prevention programs. There hasalso been increasing pressure to make more data publicly available –to the media, academic partners, and the general public.

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Online Journal of Public Health Informatics * ISSN 1947-2579 *