209579 Implementing wireless devices in the field to improve STD outcomes: Preliminary findings from the Florida pilot

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Darrell E. Burke, PhD , Department of Health Services Administration, Health Informatics, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, AL
Karla Schmidt, PhD, MPH, ARNP , Florida Department of Health, Chief, Bureau of STD Prevention and Control, Tallahassee, FL
Stacy Shiver , Florida Department of Health, Senior Management Analyst, Tallahassee, FL
In 2007, the Florida Bureau of Sexually Transmitted Disease released a new open-source web-based application called PRISM (Patient Reporting, Investigation and Surveillance Manager). PRISM has been designed to receive electronic lab results from the public labs of the state of Florida in order to decrease the time frame in which an infection is identified.

To further reduce the time frame associated with STD field investigation Florida implemented a state-wide pilot study in January 2009 of wireless devices for case workers. This presentation identifies the steps taken and lessons learned associated with the pilot. Preliminary findings of the study are shared.

Learning Objectives:
a. Identify two factors that led Florida to pilot wireless devices for field investigation b. Identify three lessons learned associated with field implementation across an entire state c. Describe pre- and post- implementation outcomes

Keywords: Sexual Risk Behavior, Communicable Disease

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am involved in this project from an outcomes research perspective
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.