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TB Notes 4, 2007
Director's Letter
Highlights from State and Local Programs
  Delaware’s Lang TB Clinic Team Selected as Finalist for 2006 Team Excellence Award
New Tools Available to Help With Program Evaluation
TB Education and Training Network Updates
  Member Highlight
  Seventh Annual Conference Highlights
  TB ETN Cultural Competency Workgroup Update
  Second Annual Focal Points Meeting
Data Management and Statistics Branch Update
  Public Health Information Network (PHIN) Conference Held in August 2007
Surveillance, Epidemiology, and Outbreak Investigations Branch Updates
  11th Semiannual Meeting of the TB Epidemiologic Studies Consortium
  CDC Team Teaches TB/HIV Operational Research Course in Kiev, Ukraine
  2006 Annual Surveillance Report
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TB Notes Newsletter

No. 4, 2007


Public Health Information Network (PHIN) Conference held in August 2007

The Fifth Annual Public Health Information Network (PHIN) Conference was held in Atlanta, Georgia, at the Omni Hotel August 27–29, 2007. The theme for the conference was “Harmonizing Public Health Voices in National Health IT.” The conference, which was well-attended, brought together public health and information technology professionals from throughout the United States and some foreign countries. This created a great opportunity to network and share information. There were many interesting presentations that covered subjects from pandemic flu preparedness to creating HL7 messages (HL7, or Health Level 7, is a standardized format for transferring data between health-related computer systems). Some states also presented on their Integrated Surveillance Systems. 

Many companies set up exhibit booths and shared a theater to demonstrate their products, which included everything from surveillance systems, to outbreak management systems, to emergency preparedness systems. A demonstration of particular interest to DTBE was given by the OntoReason group. This group demonstrated how they could validate Report of a Verified Case of TB (RVCT) data sent to CDC in the HL7 TB message format. This validation tool would allow states with their own system to report their RVCT data and have it validated at CDC.  The tool would then send an acknowledgement back to the state. This was a very impressive demonstration of a potentially useful tool. Overall, the conference was very successful in providing opportunities to see and learn about new information technology.

—Reported by Bruce Bradley
Div of TB Elimination


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