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TB Notes Newsletter

No. 1, 2007

Public Health Information Network Conference Held September 2006

The 4th annual Public Health Information Network (PHIN) Conference was held at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Atlanta, Georgia, September 25–27, 2006. The theme of the conference was “PHIN: Fostering Partnerships for a Health-e Tomorrow.” The conferences brought together public health and information technology professionals from around the United States, as well as some international guests, to network and share their experiences with implementing PHIN. The conference was filled with many interesting presentations on subjects such as the

  • NEDSS Base System (NBS),
  • NEDSS PAM Platform (NPP),
  • Application Service Provider (ASP),
  • Electronic Lab Reports (ELR),
  • PHIN MS,
  • Message Subscription System (MSS),
  • Outbreak Management System (OMS), and other topics of interest.

Representatives of several private companies were on hand displaying various systems that were designed to improve the efficiency of public health systems. There were also periodic demonstrations of the NPP, NBS, and OMS. The poster session of abstracts from CDC, contractors, and local and state health departments and others was well attended.

Impressive electronic laboratory reporting systems were presented at the conference. These systems should facilitate the rapid identification of TB cases and result in reduced exposure to infectious TB cases. This is important for prompt investigation and follow-up, as well as for the early detection of outbreaks. There were also presentations from two states on Integrated Surveillance Systems from the state level. Our international guests from Canada and Ireland also presented on Integrated Surveillance Systems. Scott Danos, acting Deputy Director, Division of Integrated Surveillance Systems and Services, announced at the conference that the NBS will eventually be phased out and become a part of the NPP. That was new and interesting news to most of the attendees present. Overall, the PHIN conference was well attended and very informative.

—Reported by Bruce Bradley
Div of TB Elimination


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