Syphilis Reactor Grids (grids) are implemented to help jurisdictions prioritize syphilis tests for review (Record Search) and allocate their limited resources for case investigation. However, grids are widely known to miss cases of syphilis. Record Search algorithms have been recommended to replace the grid which will: automatically review ALL syphilis serologies, compare them to previous test results, identify those that are likely to be new cases, redirect resources from record search to case investigation, and identify cases that a grid would miss.
This webinar will showcase an automated Record Search algorithm developed by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (NYC DOHMH), and Florida Department of Health (FL DOH). We will describe how the Record Search algorithm works and methods used to validate the results using data from FL and NYC. We will also hear from colleagues about how this algorithm is being implemented in their STD surveillance system, and how your jurisdiction might approach this technology. At the end of this webinar, CDC is hoping to find partners interested in working with them to implement a Record Search algorithm in their jurisdiction.