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TB Notes Newsletter

No. 2, 2006


Technical Challenges Delay TB NPP Deployment

CDC is developing the National Electronic Disease Surveillance System (NEDSS) to improve its disease surveillance data reporting. As part of this effort, DTBE is collaborating with a contractor, Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC), to develop the Tuberculosis NEDSS Program Area Module Platform (TB NPP); this will replace the surveillance module in TIMS.

Efforts to meet the initially projected deployment of the TB NPP by November 11, 2005, and to deliver an online demonstrate site by the end of 2005 were unsuccessful. However, through the successful completion of a certification and accreditation process, an operational NPP website with demonstration files is available for public viewing at

The current project timeline for development and deployment of the TB NPP includes three phases of final functionality (beta) testing that started in spring 2006 and will end with the start of TB NPP production by summer 2006.

Internal usability testing was also performed prior to the Ohio beta release, and included select staff from CDC/DTBE. External beta and user acceptance testing based on site considerations such as the information systems environment and resource availability have been initiated with the Ohio Department of Public Health. Other ongoing activities include development of the Health Level Seven (HL7) messaging implementation guide, finalization of the TB NPP Data Migration Plan version 1.2, and selection of the most appropriate media to deliver end-user training.

óReported by Philip Baptiste, M.Ed.
Div of TB Elimination


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