PHLs Join Forces in Data-Sharing Project

Wed, Apr 28, 2010

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Interoperability promises to improve epidemiology and disease ID.

Take IT infrastructure away from public health laboratories (PHLs) and the country’s entire health system would be in big trouble.

A basic IT system will enable PHLs to effectively manage their laboratory data or electronically message laboratory test results, according to a recent article in Public Health Reports. PHLs provide a wide range of essential services, including disease surveillance and identification of infectious organisms associated with outbreaks of disease, explains the article’s author, Patina Zarcone, MPH, of the Association of Public Health Laboratories (APHL) in Silver Spring, MD.

In 2007, a survey by APHL found that 90 percent of the 600 PHLs in the United States have a laboratory information management system, but many are not fully implemented. Other PHLs are in short of funding to get their systems working.

Zarcone and her co-authors…

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