Hospital sends chief complaint data to public health

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Perspective: A provider or hospital send anonymized chief complaint data to state or local public health as part of a syndromic surveillance program.

Context: The provider or hospital has made the determination that it is clinically and legally appropriate to send the chief complaint data to Public Health

Story: Rather than relying strictly on confirmed reports of disease or condition occurrence, syndromic surveillance attempts to bring together a variety of data - largely from the clinical setting, but from other sources in the community as well - to support decision making in the event of a disaster or emergency. A fundamental building block of syndromic surveillance is the use of data to identify and predict trends as they are occurring, which often takes the form of analyzing patient chief complaints as they present for care in hospital emergency rooms and other acute care settings. Critical to the long-term success of this surveillance is the quick and efficient transmission of critical data from clinical systems to the appropriate local, state, and Federal public health agencies. The exact path of this data differs from state to state, as do the specific data sets that are collected. Consult with your state public health agency for specific requirements.



Provider or hospital, Public Health agency
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