ESSENCE Q & A v4.0

Held on March 14, 2019.

During this 90-minute session, Aaron Kite-Powell, M.S., from CDC and Wayne Loschen, M.S., from JHU-APL provided updates on the NSSP ESSENCE platform and answered the community's questions on ESSENCE functions and features.

March 21, 2019

Evaluation of Syndromic Surveillance for Opioid Overdose Reporting in Illinois

Accuracy in identifying drug-related emergency department admissions is critical to understanding local burden of disease and assessing effectiveness of drug abuse prevention and overdose-reduction initiatives. In 2018 the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) began implementation of a mandatory opioid overdose reporting law, applicable to all hospital emergency departments (ED). The mandate requires reporting of patient demographics, causal substance and antagonist ED administration within 48 hours of presentation. This reporting is not name-based.

June 18, 2019

BioSense Platform: Introduction to SAS Studio Basics

Presented December 4, 2018.

The Webinar, Introduction of SAS Studio Basics to the BioSense Platform, will include overviews, summaries, tips, tricks, and examples across a number of SAS topics on the BioSense Platform. Some of these topics will include the BioSense Platform SAS Pilot background and summary, the SAS Studio overview and setup, neat SAS features, code examples, and how to perform an API call from ESSENCE.

Presenters

Roseanne English, BS, Analytic Data Management Lead, CDC 

December 06, 2018

Monitoring Out-of-State Patients during a 2017 Hurricane Response using ESSENCE

Syndromic surveillance is the monitoring of symptom combinations (i.e., syndromes) or other indicators within a population to inform public health actions. The Tennessee Department of Health (TDH) collects emergency department (ED) data from more than 70 hospitals across Tennessee to support statewide syndromic surveillance activities. Hospitals in Tennessee typically provide data within 48 hours of a patient encounter.

January 19, 2018

Validation of a Syndromic Case Definition for Detecting Emergency Department Visits Potentially Related to Marijuana

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

Reliable methods are needed to monitor the public health impact of changing laws and perceptions about marijuana. Structured and free-text emergency department (ED) visit data offer an opportunity to monitor the impact of these changes in near-real time. Our objectives were to (1) generate and validate a syndromic case definition for ED visits potentially related to marijuana and (2) describe a method for doing so that was less resource intensive than traditional methods.

METHODS:

June 07, 2017

The Evolution of BioSense: Lessons Learned and Future Directions

The BioSense program was launched in 2003 with the aim of establishing a nationwide integrated public health surveillance system for early detection and assessment of potential bioterrorism-related illness. The program has matured over the years from an initial Centers for Disease Control and Prevention–centric program to one focused on building syndromic surveillance capacity at the state and local level.

August 28, 2017

Introducing: Future MFT Facility Administration Tool – User Interface and Functionality

The NSSP Support Team will present an overview on the plans for a future Master Facility Table user interface (UI) designed to replace the current excel-spreadsheet update process. The presentation will feature mock-ups of the UI screens, descriptions of the proposed functionality, and allow time for Q&A. The future UI is proposed to:

·         Be supported through the AMC and allow sites to view, add, and edit facility information,

·         Allow the system to automatically update server tables as appropriate based on defined business rules, and

June 28, 2017

NSSP Weekly Technical Updates for 2017

This is the technical weekly update report which the project director at the CDC (Mike Coletta) gets from the technical support company (ICF), summarizing the current status of work on the National Syndromic Surveillance (NSS) Platform.

March 15, 2017

Technical Committee (TC)

The goal of the Technical Committee (TC) is to facilitate and improve:

November 30, 2018

Evaluation of DoD Syndrome Mapping and Baseline for ICD-9-CM to ICD-10-CM Transition

The Department of Defense conducts syndromic surveillance of health encounter visits of Military Health System (MHS) beneficiaries. Providers within the MHS assign up to 10 diagnosis codes to each health encounter visit. The diagnosis codes are grouped into syndrome and sub-syndrome categories. On October 1, 2015, the Health and Human Services-mandated transition from ICD- 9-CM to ICD-10-CM required evaluation of the syndrome mappings to establish a baseline of syndrome rates within the DoD. The DoD data within the BioSense system currently utilizes DoD ESSENCE syndrome mappings.

June 11, 2017

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