Informatics

Surveillance

In order to support CDC’s syndromic surveillance strategy, ASTHO is actively engaged in CDC’s National Syndromic Surveillance Program (NSSP) and serves as the main Data Use Agreement (DUA) holder for jurisdictions participating in BioSense. ASTHO has also been engaged in CDC’s Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) project by utilizing the data and presenting it on a visual way through the Weave application created by University of Massachusetts – Lowell Institute for Visualization and Perception Research (IVPR).

Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System 
CDC established the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) in 1984 with 15 states participating in monthly data collection. BRFSS became a nationwide surveillance system in 1993, with a redesigned format which included rotating fixed core and rotating core questions and up to five emerging core questions. Since 2004, states have used BRFSS to assess the impact of a number of significant and urgent and emerging health issues. In prior work, ASTHO contracted with the University of Massachusetts-Lowell Institute for Visualization and Perception Research (IVPR) to customize a product, which it originally created, for BRFSS use. This product, WEAVE (Web-based Analysis and Visualization Environment) and its analytical component, WEAVE Analyst (referred to here as “WEAVE”) is a state of the art web-integratable visualization platform.

National Syndromic Surveillance Program
CDC's National Syndromic Surveillance Program (NSSP) BioSense application is a public health surveillance system that increases the ability of health officials at local, state, and national levels to efficiently, rapidly and collaboratively monitor and respond to harmful health effects of exposure to disease or hazardous conditions. ASTHO facilitates activities of the BioSense Governance Group along with continuing to support the BioSense Enhancement Initiative to promote the continued development of new tools and increased data quality for syndromic surveillance.