Syndromic Surveillance

Epidemiology and Informatics
Public Health

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What is Syndromic Surveillance?

Syndromic surveillance is the collection and analysis of health data about a clinical syndrome that has a major impact on the health of the population. We can collect health data and analyze it to detect syndromes. We can also figure out if there is a critical impact on public health in a specific area.

Syndromic Surveillance in Nebraska

The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services created the Syndromic Surveillance Event Detection of Nebraska (SSEDON) system. SSEDON collects and analyzes syndromic data from healthcare facilities in Nebraska. SSEDON consists of patient information (without personal identifiers) and various tools to analyze that health data.

Emergency Department Syndromic Surveillance

The Department collects near real-time data from the discharge records of emergency room departments. We started this system in 2009 to:

  • Be more timely in tracking poor health outcomes.
  • Identify outbreaks.
  • Help the health community with emergency response. 

Inpatient Syndromic Surveillance

The Department has developed a system for syndromic surveillance of inpatients. The goals of this system are to improve two things: current abilities for surveillance; and the effective practice of public health in Nebraska. The surveillance project helps to:

  • Detect, track, and analyze disease events to figure out what populations are at risk.
  • Develop effective prevention plans.
  • Track trends in morbidity.
  • In the end, improve population health through better and timelier surveillance of diseases.

Meaningful Use and Reporting Syndromic Surveillance

Reporting data of syndromic surveillance is a core objective related to public health for eligible hospitals and critical access hospitals (CAH). It is also a Menu Objective for eligible professionals (EPs) who confirm Stage 2 Meaningful Use (MU).


Please see the links below to learn more about electronic reporting of syndromic surveillance.


Syndromic Surveillance Event Detection of Nebraska (SSEDON)
Division of Public Health / Department of Health & Human Services
Phone Number
(402) 471-2937
Fax Number
(402) 471-3601
Mailing Address
P.O. Box 95026, Lincoln, Nebraska 68509-5026