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HLN Attends CDC Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI) Grantee Meeting

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HLN Attends CDC Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI) Grantee Meeting

On November 14-15, 2017, Mike Berry from HLN, with the Rhode Island Department of Health, attended the CDC Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI) Grantee Meeting in Atlant ...

On November 14-15, 2017, Mike Berry from HLN, with the Rhode Island Department of Health, attended the CDC Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI) Grantee Meeting in Atlanta. The meeting featured EHDI programs from
states and territories across the U.S., along with national experts in areas of hearing screening and diagnostic audiology as well as epidemiology, public health informatics, health outcomes and program evaluation.

Much of the meeting focused on the purpose and strategies of the current cooperative agreement between CDC and state EHDI programs. Similar to the Immunization Information System (IIS) Functional Standards in our IIS work, EHDI has its own set of EHDI Information System (EHDI-IS) Functional Standards; and the cooperative agreement is assisting grantees to meet those standards, as well as to evaluate their progress towards those and other program goals. There were also technical sessions on data linkage, tracking and surveillance; and group activities in which states shared their strategies on topics such as data exchange, stakeholder outreach, and program evaluation. Rhode Island is unique in that its EHDI-IS is part of KIDSNET, the state’s integrated child health information system; and at the meeting, we shared our recent experience deploying EHDI reports in KIDSNET to a wide variety of EHDI-related providers; as well as our current initiative to establish data exchange with audiologists’ Electronic Health Record Systems (EHR-S) for diagnostic audiology encounters.

New GAO Report Chides HHS About Situation Awareness System

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New GAO Report Chides HHS About Situation Awareness System

In September 2017 GAO released a new report, Public Health Information Technology: HHS Has Made Little Progress toward Implementing Enhanced Situational Awareness Network Capabilit ...

In September 2017 GAO released a new report, Public Health Information Technology: HHS Has Made Little Progress toward Implementing Enhanced Situational Awareness Network Capabilities. In particular, GAO pointed out lapses in completing Congressionally-mandated requirements for this area including the definition of minimal data elements required and collaboration with state, local, and tribal public health officials on the development of standards and procedures to ensure proper data collection. In addition, the GAO chided HHS for not following its own information technology project management methodology in the planning and execution of this project.

Situational awareness has been a conspicuous topic ever since the 9/11 attacks and the anthrax scare that followed shortly thereafter. But since the initial flurry of public health preparedness funds in the ensuing several years this topic has not had a high priority at CDC nor the funding necessary to implement it successfully. Perhaps this report will serve as a catalyst for the new administration to provide the funding and leadership to fulfill Congress’ intentions in this area.

HLN Presentations from 2017 AIRA National Meeting

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HLN Presentations from 2017 AIRA National Meeting

HLN attended the 2017 American Immunization Registry Association (AIRA) National Meeting in Chicago, IL from April 11-13 and presented the following talks: ICE Update: Product ...

HLN attended the 2017 American Immunization Registry Association (AIRA) National Meeting in Chicago, IL from April 11-13 and presented the following talks:

We encourage you to check out all the excellent presentations delivered at this important meeting.

HLN Responds to CDC CDS RFI

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HLN Responds to CDC CDS RFI

In December 2016 CDC issued a Request for Information related to clinical decision support (CDS). Specifically, CDC was, "...seeking input on the most important areas of focus, the ...

In December 2016 CDC issued a Request for Information related to clinical decision support (CDS). Specifically, CDC was, “…seeking input on the most important areas of focus, the stakeholders who are or should be part of the effort, and depictions of the current state of CDS development and implementation, including detailed descriptions of the individual components that impact effectiveness and the process of CDS development, particularly in those areas where the responder to this RFI has specific expertise.”

In HLN’s response we answered CDC’s questions largely based on our experience with ICE and RCKMS. These projects involve significant engagement between public health and the clinical and vendor communities and represent significant experience to leverage open source solutions more broadly.