A general overview of the French syndromic surveillance system SurSaUD


Presented May 16, 2019.

After the major impact of the 2003 heat wave, France needed a reactive, permanent and national surveillance system enabling to detect and to follow-up various public health events all over the territory including overseas. In June 2004, the French syndromic surveillance system has been implemented by Santé publique France, the French Public Health Agency. The system collects morbidity data from the emergency department network named OSCOUR and from the emergency associations of general practitioners, SOS Médecins, whose members perform home visits. The system also collects mortality data from the civil status offices and from electronic certificates. All information is transmitted automatically on a daily basis and analysed by Santé publique France. This system captures information about the general population in France. The presentation will propose an overview of the main characteristics of the system and will present different uses of data for reactive surveillance and alert. 


Céline Caserio-Schönemann, MD, MPH, head of the syndromic surveillance system Sursaud and head of ABISS unit (IT, Big Data and syndromic Surveillance), Santé publique France

Cécile Forgeot, Epidemiologist in charge of ED system in the syndromic surveillance team, Santé publique France

Marie-Michèle Thiam, MD, Epidemiologist in charge of SOS Médecins system in the syndromic surveillance team, Santé publique France

Isabelle Pontais, PhD, in charge of management of data and IT tools, in the syndromic surveillance team, Santé publique France

Anne Fouillet, PhD in charge of mortality data sources in the syndromic surveillance team, Santé publique France

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