Tuesday, Sept 13, 2005
8AM – 6PM

Tracks: General and Focus tracks

Audience: The General Track will cover A-Z of surveillance and is aimed at people looking to get started with syndromic surveillance.

The Focus Track is geared toward people who have access to data and an interest or experience in analyzing it. The topics will focus on methods and exchange of experience.

Both sessions will be practical and provide take-away examples of documents, methods, or software.

Tentative Schedule


Introduction & Orientation

General Track

Focus Track


Acquiring Electronic Data Privacy, MOUs

Barriers and overcoming them

Data Collection/Security Integrating Results w/Practice
Investigation, ties w/ practice

Chief Complaint Coding Coding/Defining syndrome groups in greater details, including OTC meds, Poison Control Center, Lab test orders, etc., chief complaints and ICD-9 codes




Chief Complaint Coding
Defining syndrome groups

Chief Complaint Coding Cont’d…

Looking for Events / Aberration Detection
Understanding approaches and their performance characteristics.




Looking for Events / Aberration Detection
Setting up and using available approaches.

Tools for Evaluation/Validation

Looking for Events / Aberration Detection Cont’d…




Value of Data

Expert Assessment Exercise

Sharing Experiences and Knowledge
Practitioners of early event detection/syndromic surveillance will share experiences and knowledge as part of a panel discussion session.

Topics may include:

1) Sharing experiences: data analysis methods, syndrome classification methods, issues, monitoring procedures and techniques, data anomaly investigation/follow-up protocols 2) Lessons learned & evolution 3)Interaction between early event detection systems and “traditional” surveillance systems 4)Audience discussion of features of early event detection systems    a. What system features are most/least helpful?    b. Decision support tools    c. What needs are current systems not meeting?    d. How do you envision consolidation of information from various systems to best meet state/local needs?

   e. How does/will syndromic surveillance fit into your overall surveillance?


Workshop End