Public Health Data Inventory

National Electronic Disease Surveillance System (NEDSS)


The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services and local health departments in Nebraska have access to the state’s Electronic Disease Surveillance System (NEDSS), which is currently used to capture/document information regarding laboratory reports and human exposures of public health importance.

Type of Data

The data are laboratory reports of reportable diseases for ongoing surveillance.

Data Collection Method and Availability

State regulations (NAC, Title 173) dictate what conditions are reportable. Any physician or laboratory that has a Nebraska resident who has been diagnosed with a reportable condition must provide that laboratory test to the state. Physicians who identify a cluster of cases or a new/novel condition must report the cluster/novel condition to the state. Data collected includes name, address, age, DOB, laboratory performing the lab test, physician information, and lab test results. Data are received daily.

The data have been collected since 2005. Laboratory reports and outbreak information is collected for conditions and diseases including, but not limited to:

  • Rabies/animal-to-human transmission
  • Food and waterborne diseases
  • Hepatitis, chronic hepatitis C, HIV, STDs
  • Vaccine preventable diseases
  • Tuberculosis
  • Antimicrobial resistance  

Related Links and Reports

Office of Epidemiology: Electronic Laboratory Reporting

Data Contact

Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services
Division of Public Health
Office of Epidemiology
301 Centennial Mall South
Lincoln, NE 68509
Phone: (402) 471-6450

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