This document describes the processes, tools, and activities for onboarding new data feeds and sites into the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) National Syndromic Surveillance Program's (NSSP) BioSense Platform.
All the information included on the website is accessible in its entirety in the BioSense Onboarding Guide, the primary guide for onboarding new data feeds into the program.
Onboarding is the process of working with a facility, department of health, vendor for electronic health records, or health information exchange to transmit syndromic surveillance data from internal medical records systems to the NSSP BioSense Platform, assess adherence to the Public Health Information Network (PHIN) syndromic surveillance messaging guidance, and begin a live data feed to the BioSense Platform.
The audience for this document includes administrators, managers, and technical representatives for sites, jurisdictions, health information exchanges, and individual hospitals or medical facilities participating in syndromic surveillance.
This website is organized into the following sections:
Overview – documents overview and target audience
Planning – provides information about prerequisites, planning, and expectations
Onboarding Methodology – describes the onboarding phases and process
Data Integration – identifies the core technical specifications and configuration details for integrating a new feed into the BioSense Platform
Data Security – summarizes information security
Support & FAQs - describes how to get support once feeds are in production, and answers additional questions
Appendices - provides material to assist with onboarding
The National Syndromic Surveillance Program (NSSP) is CDC's initiative for capturing, sharing, and analyzing syndromic surveillance data. NSSP is a collaboration among local, state, and national public health programs to facilitate the timely exchange and use of targeted syndromic surveillance data. These data help public health officials detect, monitor, and respond quickly to local public health threats and events of public health importance.
NSSP groups facilities under a single administrative authority called a site. Sites are the agencies (usually local or state health departments) that have the relationship with facilities that provide data. A site may oversee any number of facilities, with all facilities sharing the same site administrator. Examples of facilities include hospital emergency departments, outpatient clinics, and ambulatory care centers.
NSSP's BioSense Platform is the core component of this integrated, nationwide system for public health syndromic surveillance. NSSP provides resources and technical assistance to help sites with onboarding syndromic surveillance feeds for health information exchanges (HIEs), health departments, hospital systems, and individual hospital and healthcare facilities.
|ADM||Analytic Data Management; team who provide analytic expertise and support for NSSP.|
|ADT||HL7-based healthcare facility message type specific to an Admit, Discharge, and Transfer activity|
|ASTHO||Association for State and Territorial Health Officials|
|ATO||Authorization to Operate|
|BioSense Platform||Cloud-based computing environment; core component of the National Syndromic Surveillance Program|
|BOPA||BioSense Platform Onboarding Process Acknowledgment|
|C&A||Certification and Accreditation|
|CWE||Coded With Exception|
|CMS||Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services|
|DAA||Designated Approving Authority|
|DOH||Department of Health for a site's jurisdiction (i.e., state, county or other)|
|DUA||Data Use Agreement|
|EHR||Electronic Health Record|
|FIPS||Federal Information Processing Standard|
|FISMA||Federal Information Security Management Act|
|HIE||Health Information Exchange|
|HIS||Health Information System|
|ICD||International Classification of Diseases|
|ISDS||International Society for Disease Surveillance|
|MFT||Master Facility Table|
|NIST||National Institute of Science and Technology|
|NPI||National Provider Identifier|
|NSSP||National Syndromic Surveillance Program|
|OCISCO||Office of the Chief Information Security Office|
|OIDS||Globally unique ISO (International Organization for Standardization) identifier|
|PHDSC||Public Health Data Standards Consortium|
|PHIN||Public Health Information Network|
|PHINMS||Message transport system used in public health|
|PII||Personally Identifiable Information|
|Site||The NSSP model groups facilities (i.e., hospital emergency department, outpatient clinic) that provide data under a single data administrative authority, called a site administrator. These facilities and single-site administrator constitute a site.|
|SFTP||Secure File Transfer Protocol|
|SSH||Secure Shell; a protocol to allow remote login and enable network services to operate securely|
|VADS||Vocabulary Access and Distribution System|