Syndromic Surveillance & Meaningful Use 

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National Syndromic Surveillance Program (NSSP) In Colorado North Central Region (CO-NCR)


The National Syndromic Surveillance Program (NSSP) promotes and advances development of a syndromic surveillance (SyS) system for the timely exchange of syndromic data. SyS data is used to improve situational awareness and enhance responsiveness to hazardous events and disease outbreaks to protect community’s health, safety, and security.

Mandated in the Public Health Security and Bioterrorism Preparedness and Response Act of 2002, the NSSP was launched in 2003 to establish an integrated national public health surveillance system for early detection and rapid assessment of potential bioterrorism-related illness. With NSSP, health officials can exchange information faster, improve their situation awareness of health threats over time and across regional boundaries, and better coordinate investigations and community actions to protect health. 

NSSP includes collaboration among local, state, and federal public health partners (including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC); other federal agencies including the U.S. Department of Defense and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs; hospitals and health professionals; and other key stakeholders. 

The key components of the NSSP include:
  • Enhancing health monitoring infrastructure and workforce capacity at the state, local and territorial levels
  • Facilitating the interchange of information to coordinate responses and monitor health-related outcomes routinely and during an event
  • Expanding the utility of NSSP data beyond early event detection to use in all-hazard and to contribute information for public health situational awareness, routine public health practice and improved health outcomes and public health
  • Improving the ability to detect emergency health-related threats by supporting the enhancement of systems to signal alerts for potential problems and improving the ability to understand the severity of health issues
  • Increasing local and state jurisdictions participation in NSSP
  • Advancing science and technology

​Syndromic Surveillance Partnership in Colorado North Central Region (CO-NCR)

Tri-County Health Department (TCHD) and Denver Public Health (DPH) participate in the National Syndromic Surveillance Program (NSSP), which is a collaboration among local, state, and federal public health programs for timely exchanges of syndromic data for situational awareness and enhanced response to hazardous events and disease outbreaks. In the summer of 2016, the NSSP effort has expanded to include Boulder County Public Health and Jefferson County Public Health.

CO-NCR is using syndromic surveillance data to analyze population health data by receiving timely alerts and providing information to key emergency preparedness and response and disease control staff for further investigation to ensure an effective response to any outbreak or incident. 

Meaningful Use

To view informational webinars on Meaningful Use and Public Health, please click here.

Meaningful Use Declaration

Click for information on Tri-County Health Department's Declaration of Readiness to Receive Syndromic Surveillance Data for Hospitals in Adams, Arapahoe and Douglas Counties