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New White Paper on Effective RFP Development

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New White Paper on Effective RFP Development

Many organizations – public and private – use formal competitive bidding instruments to procure technical products and services. This may be done by law, policy or practice. The dr ...

Many organizations – public and private – use formal competitive bidding instruments to procure technical products and services. This may be done by law, policy or practice. The driving reasons are to help ensure both clear understanding of the organization’s requirements and expectations, as well as fairness in the marketplace to all potential respondents who wish to do business with the organization. HLN’s new white paper,  Effective Technical RFP Development: A Guide for Jurisdictions and Other Organizations, offers some practical advice for organizations issuing competitive solicitations.

Clinical Decision Support for Immunizations (CDSi): A Comprehensive, Collaborative Strategy

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Clinical Decision Support for Immunizations (CDSi): A Comprehensive, Collaborative Strategy

Read our new article in the October 2016 supplement to Biomedical Informatics Insights: Abstract:  This article focuses on the requirements and current developments in clinic ...

Read our new article in the October 2016 supplement to Biomedical Informatics Insights:

Abstract: 

This article focuses on the requirements and current developments in clinical decision support technologies for immunizations (CDSi) in both the public health and clinical communities, with an emphasis on shareable solutions. The requirements of the Electronic Health Record Incentive Programs have raised some unique challenges for the clinical community, including vocabulary mapping, update of changing guidelines, single immunization schedule, and scalability. This article discusses new, collaborative approaches whose long-term goal is to make CDSi more sustainable for both the public and private sectors.

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Discussion Paper: Address Geocoding Options

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Discussion Paper: Address Geocoding Options

Some organizations have the need for a web application that can translate street addresses into latitude/longitude coordinates. Ideally, the web application could process addresses ...

Some organizations have the need for a web application that can translate street addresses into latitude/longitude coordinates. Ideally, the web application could process addresses in bulk, either supplied from an Excel spreadsheet or from an enterprise data source such as a relational database; and output would be either in spreadsheet format or inserted back into a database. This brief discussion paper provides some potential solutions and strategies.

HLN Participates in 2016 CDC Public Health Informatics Conference

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HLN Participates in 2016 CDC Public Health Informatics Conference

HLN attended and actively participated in the 2016 Public Health Informatics Conference sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). We presented the followin ...

HLN attended and actively participated in the 2016 Public Health Informatics Conference sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). We presented the following topics:

(B11) Current Approaches to Patient Matching: Will We Ever Get Anywhere? 

(C9) How Can Public Health Benefit from Being an Open-Source Community? 

(D3) Trying on the RCKMS Glass Slipper: How Well Do Jurisdictional Reporting Criteria Fit? (HLN’s part of this larger session encompasses slides 55-67 and slides 82-103)

(G7) A Common Open Source Clinical Decision Support Administration Tool for Public Health

Encrypting Data at Rest on Servers: What does it get you?

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Encrypting Data at Rest on Servers: What does it get you?

By Noam H. Arzt and Michael Berry It is common practice today to encrypt data at rest, that is, data stored on servers. To build off an old adage, no one ever got fired for encr ...

By Noam H. Arzt and Michael Berry

It is common practice today to encrypt data at rest, that is, data stored on servers. To build off an old adage, no one ever got fired for encrypting their data. But what protection does that really provide? Is just encrypting data enough?

First, let’s distinguish between three methods for encrypting data at rest.