New York State Community Health Indicator Reports - About Communicable Disease Indicators

Contact the Public Health Information Group, at (518) 474-2543 for information about the indicators produced for this report.

Health Indicator Description and Definition Data Source and Program Contact Information
Pneumonia/flu hospitalization rate (Aged 65 years and older) per 10,000 The number of hospitalizations for pneumonia and flu among persons aged 65 or older per 10,000 population in this age group. The ICD-9 codes included are: 480-487. Statewide Planning and Research Cooperative System (SPARCS) a
Bureau of Health Informatics
Division of Information and Statistics
Office of Quality and Patient Safety

Submission Questions: sparcs.submissions@health.ny.gov - for submission questions
Data Request Contact: sparcs.requests@health.ny.gov - for data requests
Phone: (518) 473-8144
Pertussis incidence per 100,000 The number of reported cases of Pertussis per 100,000 population. NYSDOH Bureau of Communicable Disease Control b

Contact: bcdc@health.ny.gov
Mumps incidence rate per 100,000 The number of reported cases of mumps per 100,000 population. NYSDOH Bureau of Communicable Disease Control b

Contact: bcdc@health.ny.gov
Meningococcal disease incidence rate per 100,000 The number of reported cases of meningococcal disease per 100,000 population. NYSDOH Bureau of Communicable Disease Control b

Contact: bcdc@health.ny.gov
H. influenza incidence per 100,000 The number of reported cases of Haemophilus Influenzae per 100,000 population. NYSDOH Bureau of Communicable Disease Control b

Contact: bcdc@health.ny.gov
Hepatitis A incidence per 100,000 The number of reported cases of Hepatitis A per 100,000 population. NYSDOH Bureau of Communicable Disease Control b

Contact: bcdc@health.ny.gov
Acute hepatitis B incidence rate per 100,000 The number of reported cases of acute hepatitis B per 100,000 population. NYSDOH Bureau of Communicable Disease Control b

Contact: bcdc@health.ny.gov
Tuberculosis incidence per 100,000 The number of reported cases of Tuberculosis per 100,000 population. Prison inmates are excluded from this rate. NYSDOH Bureau of Communicable Disease Control b

Contact: bcdc@health.ny.gov
E. coli Shiga Toxin incidence per 100,000 The number of reported cases of E. coli Shiga Toxin per 100,000 population. NYSDOH Bureau of Communicable Disease Control b

Contact: bcdc@health.ny.gov
Salmonella incidence per 100,000 The number of reported cases of Salmonella per 100,000 population. NYSDOH Bureau of Communicable Disease Control b

Contact: bcdc@health.ny.gov
Shigella incidence per 100,000 The number of reported cases of Shigella per 100,000 population. NYSDOH Bureau of Communicable Disease Control b

Contact: bcdc@health.ny.gov
Lyme disease incidence per 100,000 The number of confirmed and probable cases of Lyme disease per 100,000 population c NYSDOH Bureau of Communicable Disease Control b

Contact: bcdc@health.ny.gov
Percentage of adults 65 years and older with flu immunization in the past year Percentage of adults 65 years and older with flu immunization in the past year New York State Expanded Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System d

Contact: BRFSS Coordinator at (518) 473-0673
Percentage of adults aged 65 years and older with pneumococcal immunization Percentage of adults aged 65 years and older with pneumococcal immunization New York State Expanded Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System d

Contact: BRFSS Coordinator at (518) 473-0673

Data Notes:

a Statewide Planning and Research Cooperative System (SPARCS):
Information about hospitalizations and emergency department (ED) visits are collected through the hospital data system. Up through the third quarter of 2015, each hospitalization and ED visit received an ICD-9-CM primary diagnosis code, and may have also received additional ICD-9-CM diagnosis codes to further describe the hospitalization or ED visit. CHIR used the ICD-9-CM primary diagnosis code and up to 14 additional ICD-9-CM diagnosis codes from the hospital data system to generate tables and charts to describe hospitalizations and ED visits up through 2014.

Starting in the fourth quarter of 2015, the hospital data system changed to using the ICD-10-CM for diagnoses. CHIRS used the ICD-10-CM primary diagnosis codes and up to 24 additional ICD-10-CM codes from the hospital data system to generate tables and charts to describe hospitalizations and ED visits in 2016 and after.

CHIRS does not include hospitalizations and ED visits in 2015, as the ICD codes changed part way through the year.
b The Bureau of Communicable Disease Control:
The Bureau maintains surveillance of all reportable communicable diseases and conditions. Laboratories, hospitals and physicians are required to report cases of these diseases to their local health department. Rates are computed and presented per 100,000 population
c Lyme Disease incidence:
After investigations of samples of positive Lyme disease laboratory results, some counties extrapolated from these results to generate estimates of the total number of Lyme disease cases in their counties. In 2016, 27 counties investigated a sample of positive laboratory results. The number of cases was extrapolated to generate estimates of the total number of cases. The number of reported cases for NYS excluding NYC was 2942. In 2015 25 counties used this method to produce estimates. In 2013-2014 19 counties; 2012 18 counties; 2011, 14 counties; 2010, 17 counties; 2009, 12 counties; and in 2008 two counties used this method.
d Expanded BRFSS:
The Expanded BRFSS is a NYS county (regional) non-institutional adult telephone-based surveillance survey that collects self-reported health conditions and behaviors related to early mortality and morbidity. This system is based on the annual collaborative state based surveillance project administered and supported by the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (CDC), Division of Population Health, Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS). Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS)