TB Notes Newsletter
No. 2, 2006
UPDATE FROM THE INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY AND STATISTICS
Technical Challenges Delay TB NPP
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
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