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State of Alaska

Syndromic Surveillance

Alaska Department of Health and Social Services, Division of Public Health, Epidemiology, Infectious Disease
The purpose of syndromic surveillance is to provide rapid or real-time information on the health conditions experienced by Alaskans. It is most commonly used for outbreak identification and monitoring, and for monitoring the health of populations following natural disasters or other large-scale events. Syndromic surveillance data can also be used in any situation where knowledge of emergency visit data over time and space might be helpful.

Because syndromic surveillance uses a database of records from emergency department visits, it is possible to query the system regarding most topics.
Electronic health record database from participating Emergency Departments
ED visits
As recorded on electronic health record
ED visits at participating hospitals
Age, sex, race, ethnicity
ED visits at participating hospitals in Alaska
Ongoing periodic updates
Electronic health records abstraction
Voluntary reporting
All ED visits in participating hospitals
Near real-time abstraction of ED visits.
Hospitals have onboarded to this system at various times, and not all hospitals in Alaska are participating in syndromic surveillance at this time. Only information from emergency department visits is included- no outpatient settings, no inpatient information, and no lab results. It is not always possible to link a patient who has visited emergency departments multiple times, and in general it would be difficult to link a syndromic surveillance record to any other database. The search process is dependent on text entered by healthcare providers, which can contain varying levels of detail.
Contact Anna Frick or Louisa Castrodale for policies and forms. Public Health employees may be granted user accounts to access data directly; all others will only be given a limited data set.
Louisa Castrodale Anna Frick
Infectious Disease Program ManagerCSTE Fellow, Infectious Disease
Louisa.Castrodale@alaska.gov Anna.Frick@alaska.gov

(907) 269-8000
Section of Epidemiology
Division of Public Health
Alaska Department of Health and Social Services
3601 C Street, Suite 540
Anchorage, Alaska 99503

The information provided above is from the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services' Center for Health Data and Statistics, Alaska Indicator-Based Information System for Public Health (Ak-IBIS) web site (http://ibis.dhss.alaska.gov). The information published on this website may be reproduced without permission. Please use the following citation: " Retrieved Sat, 21 July 2018 from Alaska Department of Health and Social Services, Center for Health Data and Statistics, Alaska Indicator-Based Information System for Public Health web site: http://ibis.dhss.alaska.gov ".

Content updated: Tue, 10 Jan 2017 16:37:17 AKST
The information provided above is from the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services' Center for Health Data and Statistics AK-IBIS web site (http://ibis.dhss.alaska.gov/). The information published on this website may be reproduced without permission. Please use the following citation: " Retrieved Sat, 21 July 2018 3:55:38 from Alaska Department of Health and Social Services, Center for Health Data and Statistics, Indicator-Based Information System for Public Health Web site: http://ibis.dhss.alaska.gov/ ".

Content updated: Tue, 10 Jan 2017 16:37:17 AKST