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CO poisoning is a leading cause of mortality and morbidity in disaster and post-disaster situations, when widespread power outages most likely occur (1, 2). The NYSDOH Syndromic Surveillance System receives daily ED visit chief complaint data from 140 NYS (excluding New York City) hospitals.... Read more

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The final rules released by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services specified the initial criteria for eligible hospitals to qualify for an incentive payment by demonstrating meaningful use of certified Electronic Health Record (EHR) technology. Syndromic surveillance reporting is one of... Read more

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One limitation of syndromic surveillance systems based on emergency department (ED) data is the time and expense to investigate peak signals, especially when that involves phone calls or visits to the hospital. Many EDs use electronic medical records (EMRs) which are available remotely in real... Read more

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention BioSense project has developed chief complaint (CC) and ICD9 sub-syndrome classifiers for the major syndromes for early event detection and situational awareness. This has the potential to expand the usefulness of syndromic surveillance, but little... Read more

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The New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) Syndromic Surveillance System consists of five components: 1. Emergency Department (ED) Phone Call System monitors unusual events or clusters of illnesses in the EDs of participating hospitals; 2. Electronic ED Surveillance System monitors ED... Read more

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention BioSense has developed chief complaint (CC) and ICD9 sub syndrome classifiers for the major syndromes for early event detection and situational awareness. The prevalence of these sub-syndromes in the emergency department population and the ... Read more

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In order to detect influenza outbreaks, the New York State Department of Health emergency department (ED) syndromic surveillance system uses patients’ chief complaint (CC) to assign visits to respiratory and fever syndromes. Recently, the CDC developed a more specific set of “sub-syndromes” ... Read more

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Following an Oct 12-13, 2006 snowstorm, almost 400,000 homes in western New York lost power, some for up to 12 days. News reports said that emergency rooms saw many patients with CO exposure; 3 deaths were attributed to CO poisoning. As part of NYS DOH’s syndromic surveillance system, electronic... Read more

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