Revised September 2022, June 2016, August 2007
Originally approved October 2000
The American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) believes key stakeholders should develop real-time syndromic surveillance to capture a majority of clinical illnesses and injury patterns on a mass scale. Early identification can improve the response to an incident or reduce an epidemic’s potential, leading to a reduction of morbidity and mortality, as well as overall cost.
ACEP supports real-time health system capacity surveillance to identify health system constraints and availability during periods of disaster related surge. Accurate health system surveillance is crucial to achieving equitable health system access during disasters.
ACEP further supports prospective and retrospective disaster data collection and research which is critical for future disaster preparedness and response. Accurate data collection in a disaster can be difficult without government mandate and assistance.
Therefore, ACEP supports the following: