208288 Adapting IBIS-PH for a State Environmental Public Health Tracking Portal

Monday, November 9, 2009: 5:30 PM

Jerald Fagliano, MPH, PhD , Consumer and Environmental Health Services, New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services, Trenton, NJ
As a participant in CDC's national Environmental Public Health Tracking (EPHT) Network, the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services had the need to display relevant public health and environmental indicators and to permit queries of public health data by the public through a state web portal. The department was also exploring opportunities to upgrade its existing web-based data query system, and chose to adapt Utah's Information-based Information System for Public Health (IBIS-PH) as the solution. IBIS-PH was developed for these purposes, and was also designed for sharing with other state health departments.

Working in cooperation with IBIS-PH developers and administrators in Utah, the New Jersey EPHT program assembled a team of content and information technology specialists to adapt IBIS-PH for New Jersey. The IBIS-PH application was successfully customized and integrated into the state's three-tiered IT infrastructure, and is called the State Health Assessment Data (SHAD) system. New Jersey-specific content relevant to EPHT was developed for public display. By the end of 2009, there will be nine distinct EPHT content areas (including measures of environmental hazards, human exposure to chemicals, and health outcomes related to the environment), sixty public health indicators, and over 160 graphical views in SHAD. Because IBIS-PH allows for role-based access to system administrative functions, which permits distributed responsibility for maintenance of data and public health messaging, SHAD is expanding to provide a data display resource for the department that extends far beyond its initial EPHT application.

Other states are also adapting IBIS-PH for use as the EPHT portal. There is a growing community of practice for sharing new software developments among users. IBIS-PH software is an adaptable, cost-effective and feature-rich system for states that want to become part of the national EPHT Network.

Learning Objectives:
Describe how a state Environmental Public Health Tracking program adapted IBIS-PH to display indicators and allow public queries of health data List advantages and disadvantages of adapting IBIS-PH for EPHT and broader state health department purposes

Keywords: Environmental Health, Health Information Systems

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am the principal investigator of the state cooperative agreement with CDC for Environmental Public Health Tracking Network Implementation. I have been responsible for the development of the state's EPHT portal and have coordinated all parties involved in content and information technology development. I have an MPH in Environmental Health from Yale University, and a PhD in environmental epidemiology from The Johns Hopkins University.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.