Syndromic Surveillance (SS) uses individual health indicators like chief complaint data, hospital discharge data, or diagnosis codes to identify outbreaks or health events and monitor public health at the community level. Aggregate data are grouped by symptom complexes, rather than specific diseases. By automating data collection, SS can provide ADPH with community-level information in near real time, sooner than a laboratory test can be completed and reported. SS does not replace required Notifiable Diseases and Conditions reporting.
ADPH will accept SS data transmission from eligible hospitals. Eligible professionals (EPs) will be given an exemption letter that will be valid one year from the date of issuance. EPs will have to secure another exemption letter for subsequent years. Alabama will follow guidelines set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention once they are released. The federal HL7 and data standards for SS will be added to this page when they become available.
Software vendors and hospitals interested in exchanging SS data with ADPH may register at the ADPH Security Portal / Meaningful Use Web application after obtaining federal certification for their SS module.