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HLN Releases Update to its Award Winning Open Source Immunization Forecaster

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HLN Releases Update to its Award Winning Open Source Immunization Forecaster

On August 28, 2019, HLN released a new version (v1.20.1) of the Immunization Calculation Engine (ICE). ICE is a state-of-the-art open-source software system that provides clinical ...

On August 28, 2019, HLN released a new version (v1.20.1) of the Immunization Calculation Engine (ICE). ICE is a state-of-the-art open-source software system that provides clinical decision support for immunizations for use in Immunization Information Systems (IIS), Electronic Health Record (EHR) and Personal Health Record (PHR) Systems.

This version includes important updates to the DTP Vaccine Group including:

  • Updated the Adolescent Tdap Recommendation and Evaluation rules as per the latest Tdap guidance included in the 2019 CDC Immunization Schedule.
  • Added a rule requiring that in order for the primary series to be complete via the DTP 3-dose series, at least one of the doses administered must be a pertussis-containing vaccine.

The full software release is available for download at https://cdsframework.atlassian.net/wiki/display/ICE/Downloads. A revised ICE Implementation Guide is also available.

See the feature article about ICE in Open Health News.

HLN Attends CSTE 2019 Annual Conference

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HLN Attends CSTE 2019 Annual Conference

HLN attended the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists (CSTE) 2019 Annual Conference in Raleigh, NC on June 2-5. Bringing together over 1,600 epidemiologists, public hea ...

HLN attended the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists (CSTE) 2019 Annual Conference in Raleigh, NC on June 2-5. Bringing together over 1,600 epidemiologists, public health professionals, and associated non-profits and vendors, the conference provided sessions, roundtables, and engagement in a number of areas important to its members. For the second year HLN is a Bronze sponsor of the conference. “Given our work on Electronic Case Reporting (eCR) we feel it’s critically important to support this event,” commented Dr. Noam Arzt, president of HLN who will attend the meeting along with Janet Hui, “This is an energized community, and the opportunity to exchange ideas and insights is beneficial to everyone.”

This year, Dr. Arzt delivered a talk as part of the program:

In addition, HLN participated in the presentation of this talk on RCKMS:

In preparation for the meeting, Open Health News has published a feature article written by HLN, Clinical Decision Support Strategies for Electronic Case Reporting and its Open Source Connection.

HLN Releases Update to its Award Winning Open Source Immunization Forecaster

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HLN Releases Update to its Award Winning Open Source Immunization Forecaster

On May 31, 2019, HLN released a new version (v1.17.1) of the Immunization Calculation Engine (ICE). ICE is a state-of-the-art open-source software system that provides clinical dec ...

On May 31, 2019, HLN released a new version (v1.17.1) of the Immunization Calculation Engine (ICE). ICE is a state-of-the-art open-source software system that provides clinical decision support for immunizations for use in Immunization Information Systems (IIS), Electronic Health Record (EHR) and Personal Health Record (PHR) Systems.

This version includes:

  • Improvements to handling of duplicate shots. Duplicate shots typically represent “bad data” that has been passed into the ICE service. For two or more duplicate shots on the same day, ICE will select the vaccine that makes the most sense for the circumstance. See Two Shots, Same Vaccine Group, Same Day Exception Rules for the specifics on how this is handled for each vaccine group.
  • Logic updates to DTPHPV, and Zoster vaccine groups. See Release Notes for details.
  • Pneumococcal interval fix in the Adult Series where (under certain circumstances) the PPSV to PPSV 5 year recommended interval is not being applied when there is a valid PCV shot in between the PPSV shots.

The full software release is available for download at https://cdsframework.atlassian.net/wiki/display/ICE/Downloads. A revised ICE Implementation Guide is also available.

See the feature article about ICE in Open Health News.

Ready or Not: New Report on Protecting the Public’s Health

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Ready or Not: New Report on Protecting the Public’s Health

The Trust for America’s Health (TFAH) released its 2019 edition of what it hopes will be an annual report, Ready or Not: Protecting the Public’s Health from Diseases, Disasters and ...

The Trust for America’s Health (TFAH) released its 2019 edition of what it hopes will be an annual report, Ready or Not: Protecting the Public’s Health from Diseases, Disasters and Bioterrorism last February. The ground-breaking report warns about key global challenges ahead, like the risk of a flu pandemic; the impact of weather pattern changes due to climate change; the dangers of antimicrobial resistance, and others, and tries to offer advice on how to prepare for them.

In Section 1 of the report, titled Health Threats: A Review of 2018, the authors review a litany of disease outbreaks, and severe weather and natural disaster events. They note the incidents, actions, and corresponding research findings, meetings, and events related to each. On the policy front, they note the September 2018 release by the White House of its National Biodefense Strategy (see earlier article on this topic). The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released another report,  Public Health Emergency Preparedness and Response Capabilities, in October 2018 (updated in January 2019). This section of the TFAH report also reviews the various activities of the Blue Ribbon Study Panel on Biodefense.

Public Health Organizations Implore Congress to Fund Public Health Surveillance Systems

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Public Health Organizations Implore Congress to Fund Public Health Surveillance Systems

HLN joined more than eighty organizations, institutions and companies in imploring Congress to fund public health surveillance systems. The appropriations request letters - one to ...

HLN joined more than eighty organizations, institutions and companies in imploring Congress to fund public health surveillance systems. The appropriations request letters – one to the House and one to the Senate – is seeking $1 billion over ten years (and $100 million in FY 2020) for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to allow CDC, state, local, tribal, and territorial health departments to move from sluggish, manual, paper-based data collection to seamless, automated, interoperable IT systems and to recruit and retain skilled data scientists to use them.

HLN has been at the forefront of systems development in public health, and has long advocated for the modernization of public health registries and other systems. This initiative is focused on public health surveillance systems, and HLN’s work on the Reportable Condition Knowledge Management System (RCKMS) supports the electronic case reporting (eCR) initiative described in a flyer describing the details of this initiative published by a set of leading public health organizations.

HLN encourages everyone to advocate for these needed funds at every opportunity.

See Congressional testimony by Janet Hamilton of the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists (CSTE).