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Syndrome Reporting Information System

Description of SYRIS and a link to an online demonstration of SYRIS.

To access a demonstration of SYRIS go to the following link.

The Syndrome Reporting Information System™ (SYRIS) is a JAVA-based, platform independent system that runs on most PCs and laptops, and does not require a Web browser. SYRIS™ supports two-way disease information reporting and data sharing for medical professionals. It provides a fast, reliable, portable method for reporting suspicious or novel symptoms that may be part of a known disease or disease-complex. Reporting is based on symptom complexes known as syndromes. These can be defined with a high degree of specificity (e.g., hemorrhagic fever syndromes) or can be made more general, reflecting common medical care parlance. SYRIS functions mainly as a data integration tool: data from all SYRIS users is summarized for Public Health Officials to view as temporal graphs and map layers. This architecture greatly facilitates identification of epidemic disease factors and locations, and also provides a means of distributing medical alerts to all SYRIS users. The design protects patient confidentiality for all types of data reporting because it does not use patient-specific information. Public Health Officials may privately contact a physician or other health professional to obtain patient-specific information if they believe such information is needed to protect public health. Among other contagious and communicable diseases SYRIS detects many high-risk respiratory diseases including, but not limited to: anthrax, influenza, SARS, West Nile Virus, and avian influenza; as well as six categories of human infectious diseases, specifically: influenza-like illness (e.g. Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome), fever with skin rash, severe diarrhea, and severe respiratory distress. The SYRIS-PHAiRS collaboration has augmented the system since 2003 with access to enhanced DREAM model outputs and other system capabilities for prototypical health alerts and combined health / environmental data analyses. Upon login, the map displays the geographic area that is associated with the local Public Health Official’s jurisdiction. When DETAILS are selected for a syndrome, the map view changes to display the geographic area where cases have occurred that are associated with the syndrome. Navigation buttons allow users to zoom in or out, or to move up, down, left and right. The map can be viewed as a series of layers, some of which are more or less transparent, some of which are colored in various shades, and some of which represent borders of counties, states, and zip codes. Various features of the map can be turned on or off in "groups" (e.g., all of the human syndromes), or individually. The default setting (when the map is first displayed) is to have all features turned ON.

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