Digital Bridge is a first of its kind initiative that brings public health and health care together to collaborate on ways to effectively share information and improve public health surveillance. The first step in achieving bidirectional information exchange is to develop a multi-jurisdictional approach to electronic case reporting (eCR). Workgroups are developing functional requirements, building the technical architecture and establishing a plan for sustainability. The Digital Bridge is supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. PHII and Deloitte Consulting are providing program support. Learn more.
Child Health and Mortality Prevention Surveillance Network (CHAMPS)
PHII is a partner in a new global health surveillance network aimed at preventing childhood mortality in developing countries, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa and south Asia. The Child Health and Mortality Prevention Surveillance network, or CHAMPS, will help speed and improve acquisition of data about how, where and why children are getting sick and dying. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation plans an initial commitment of up to $75 million for the initiative. The Emory Global Health Institute (EGHI), which houses the U.S. office of the International Association of National Public Health Institutes (IANPHI), will be the lead partner in the new network. Read more.
Workforce Allocation Tool
PHII partnered with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and students from the Georgia Institute of Technology to develop an Excel-based tool that addresses health care worker shortages. The Mozambique Ministry of Health used this tool to determine where to assign health care workers around the country to address the health needs of its population. The tool uses a mathematical model that factors HIV prevalence of a region and health care worker preferences for particular location assignments. The tool will also be piloted in Tanzania.
PHII traces its roots to the immunization field; when PHII was founded in 1992 under the name All Kids Count, one of its primary roles was developing immunization registries to coordinate child health information systems. Today, PHII continues to pioneer in immunization work across the U.S. by providing technical assistance and training to immunization information system (IIS) programs in local and state health departments, as well as by supplying expert advice and analysis of health IT trends to support development and implementation of a nationwide IIS strategic plan. PHII has also partnered with the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases (NCIRD) at the CDC on multiple projects over the last decade.
Informatics-Savvy Health Department
PHII’s i3Lab project tests, evaluates and modifies public health agencies’ informatics procedures to determine model practices that can be replicated in other agencies to improve information-driven programs. As part of this project, the informatics-savvy health department tool measures where organizations’ informatics capabilities stand. The assessment evaluates agencies based on three core elements: an overall informatics vision and strategy, a skilled workforce, and well-designed and effectively-used information systems. Because receiving, managing and sending digital data requires a level of informatics capabilities that health departments are struggling to define and build, this tool was designed to support that process by providing a forum for valuable discussions to pinpoint strengths and weaknesses.