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Syndromic Surveillance is the technique for identifying illness and unusual disease clusters early in order to mobilize a rapid response, thereby reducing morbidity and mortality. Transmission of syndromic surveillance data to public health agencies provides ability to track and monitor emerging outbreaks of illnesses such as influenza, SARS, HIV, and even bioterrorism.

Eligible providers may choose at least one of two public health objectives and measures from a menu set to meet the meaningful use requirements in Stage 1. Electronic transmission of syndromic surveillance data to public health agencies is one of the two mandatory menu HITECH Act meaningful use criteria.

Instead of the term syndromic surveillance,, there has been a movement towards other terms such as biosurveillance or disease surveillance.
Also see: Biosurveillance, Pandemic Surveillance

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