Syndromic Surveillance Data Sources and Collection Strategies

  • Hsinchun Chen
  • Daniel Zeng
  • Ping Yan
Part of the Integrated Series in Information Systems book series (ISIS, volume 21)


In this and the ensuing two chapters, we will focus on three key technical aspects of modern syndromic surveillance systems: data sources and collection strategies; data analysis and outbreak detection; and data visualization, information dissemination, and reporting.

This chapter discusses syndromic data collection strategies and related data sources. Data collection is a critical early step when developing a syndromic surveillance system. It involves the selection of data sources, choices over vocabulary to be used, data entry approaches, and data transmission strategies and protocols. We will go through the related technical issues in the following sections. Towards the end of this chapter, we briefly summarize additional policy-related considerations that may impact data collection.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Hsinchun Chen
    • 1
  • Daniel Zeng
    • 2
    • 3
  • Ping Yan
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Management Information SystemsEller College of Management University of ArizonaTucsonUSA
  2. 2.Department of Management Information SystemsEller College of Management University of ArizonaTucsonUSA
  3. 3.Chinese Academy of SciencesBeijingChina

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