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Syndromic Surveillance

Public Health Syndromic Surveillance (Syndromic Surveillance)

Syndromic Surveillance Public health syndromic surveillance using inpatient and ambulatory clinical care electronic health record (EHR) data is a relatively new practice. Public health syndromic surveillance is the regular and systematic collection and analysis of near "real-time" patient data for timely assessments of population health. In conjunction with other core public health functions, syndromic surveillance assists in event detection, situation awareness, and response management.

Meaningful Use for Public Health Surveillance (Syndromic Surveillance)

Objective: Capability to submit electronic syndromic surveillance data to PH agencies and actual submission in accordance with applicable law and practice.

Current status: The Iowa Department of Public Health is not preparing to receive syndromic surveillance data at this time. It is unlikely that IDPH will begin a project related to syndromic surveillance until sometime during federal fiscal year 2017. When IDPH does begin preparing for syndromic surveillance, the current, but tentative plan is to adopt use of the CDC-sponsored BioSense 2.0 system and the latest PHIN specifications for syndromic surveillance.

If you are an eligible professional (EP) and need attestation documentation related to IDPH readiness for the Meaningful Use Syndromic Surveillance objective, see the letter posted at the following web location http://www.iowaehealth.org/provider/resources/meaningful-use/

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