Online Program

Practical roadmap to sustainable integration of surveillance for public health

Monday, November 4, 2013 : 10:50 a.m. - 11:10 a.m.

Massimo Mirabito, MBA, Northrop Grumman Health IT, Atlanta, GA
Kumar Batra, BE, PMP, CSM, Northrop Grumman, Atlanta, GA
Sharon Burks, MA, PMP, Public Health Operating Unit, Northrop Grumman, Atlanta, GA
William Correll, MS, MPH, PMP, NCHHSTP\Informatics Office, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta
Thomas Sukalac, NCHHSTP\OD\Informatics Office, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention NCHHSTP\OD\Informatics Office, Atlanta, GA
In the last two decades public health organizations have made great strides in disease prevention while improving public health impact through new means of monitoring, diagnosing and treating individuals and communities. In recent years health organizations have been pressured to deliver faster, comprehensive and cost-effective public health services, in an era of declining budgets. IT has assisted in overall efficacy of public health programs in many ways. Nonetheless, the silo-systems developed over the last 20+ years have become an impediment to a long-term sustainable and cost-effective health IT programs. They contain redundant data with varying standards, preventing effective data integration across systems. Health organizations are shifting from disease-specific to integrated surveillance systems to begin the transformation to a single platform for surveillance, public health action, and preventative services to deliver integrated services to individuals and community. Integrated surveillance tools help the PHDs to collect, analyze and track public health events to advance their mission by monitoring and evaluating the effectiveness of the public health program. These systems are similar to Enterprise Resource Planning Systems in private sector where focus is on integrated processes and databases. Unlike ERPs whose emphasis is on business profitability, agility and competitive advantage, Integrated Surveillance Systems focus on population health and the “public health value chain”. This presentation provides a common-sense roadmap to organizations considering integrated surveillance systems.

Learning Areas:

Conduct evaluation related to programs, research, and other areas of practice
Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs

Learning Objectives:
Define a roadmap for the public health organizations to identify goals, objectives and risks prior to embarking on a public health integrated surveillance strategy. Identify Key findings, Recommendations and Risks when embarking on an integration strategy. Evaluate and estimating the overall complexity of the integration effort Identifying the benefits and perils of a unified platform. Define an evaluation framework with clear goals, benefits and outcomes to ensure a systematic evaluation. Identify needs for improvements to archaic business process and workflows. Identify the resources required to plan, build, deploy, and maintain an integrated solution.

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have led development of complex public health information systems spanning a range of communicable diseases for over 20 years. Throughout these projects, I have performed critical roles in designing and executing major sustainable solutions and have worked closely with colleagues at the federal, state and local levels of public health.
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.