Syndromic Surveillance Event Detection of Nebraska (SSEDON)

Epidemiology and Informatics
Public Health

What would you like to do?

What you need to know

Who is eligible to participate?

Critical access hospitals, hospitals, eligible providers.

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. Health data is collected and analyzed to detect syndromes. Specific areas of critical impact on public health can then be detected.​

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.

How Syndromic Surveillance Works

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. A secure path is utilized for automatic HL7 data to be sent from the health care facility to SSEDON.  ​

Getting Started​

Additional Resources

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