Privacy, Confidentiality, and HIPAA; Syndromic Surveillance: Strengths and Limitations; and Clinician Role


The goal of the series of modules is to provide an introductory knowledge of syndromic surveillance for interested practitioners and to stimulate healthcare provider cooperation and involvement with syndromic surveillance.

• Summarize key concepts involved with the application of the HIPAA Privacy Rule to syndromic surveillance.
• Summarize how other legal authorities influence data sharing for syndromic surveillance.
• Distinguish between individual data and information.
• Identify major strategies for dealing with concerns about sharing syndromic surveillance data with public health.
• Describe the strengths and limitations of using syndromic surveillance in comparison to traditional surveillance systems.
• Describe the strengths and limitations of using pre-existing data compared to data created specifically for a surveillance system.
• Describe the clinician role in determining credible risk for a sentinel event.
• Explain the clinician role in laboratory reporting and cooperation with health authorities.
• Compare the clinician role in syndromic surveillance versus traditional passive surveillance.
• List public health and research opportunities of syndromic surveillance in patient care.