Syndromic Surveillance & Meaningful Use Declaration

National Syndromic Surveillance Program (NSSP)

The National Syndromic Surveillance Program (NSSP, also known as BioSense)program is a public health surveillance system that increases the ability of health officials at local, state, and national levels to efficiently, rapidly and collaboratively monitor and respond to harmful health effects of exposure to disease or hazardous conditions. NSSP provides public health officials a common electronic health information system with standardized tools and procedures for rapidly collecting, sharing, and evaluating information.

With NSSP, health officials can exchange information faster, improve their common awareness of health threats over time and across regional boundaries, and better coordinate investigations and community actions to protect health.
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. 
NSSP is a redesign of the original program and serves to protect the health of the American people by providing timely insight into the health of communities, regions, and the nation by offering a variety of features to improve data collection, standardization, storage, analysis, and collaboration.

The key components of the NSSP include:
  • Building health monitoring infrastructure and workforce capacity where needed at the state, local, tribal, and territorial levels
  • Facilitating the interchange of information that can be used to coordinate responses and monitor health-related outcomes routinely and during an event
  • Expanding the utility of BioSense data to multi-use (and all-hazard) beyond early event detection 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
  • Increasing local and state jurisdictions participation in NSSP
  • Advancing science and technology

Meaningful Use

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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