Epidemiology Program

General Information

Program/Project Name: Epidemiology Program

Funding Category: Serving the Most Vulnerable

Program Description

Federal Grant Name: Infrastructure and Interoperability Support for Public Health Laboratories

Programs Supported Through Funding: Improve speed and timeliness of reporting Communicable Diseases to the Health Department so that investigation and control measures can be implemented.

Why Apply for this Grant
Program Objectives:
Create inter-connectivity so that public health laboratories and clinical laboratories can provide electronic submission of reportable lab results to the Health Department.

Use of Funds: The Division of Disease Control proposed to link two critical reporters with electronic exchange of notifiable disease data through interoperable database connections for lab result reporting. Philadelphia Department of Public Health will establish electronic transmission of notifiable disease reports to the Division of Disease Control.

Grant Status: Awarded – $252,752

Grant Achievements for the Quarter: Activities for this project are continuing on schedule.  The Philadelphia Health Department participates in monthly calls with the Center for Disease Control to discuss progress. The staff and consultant positions supporting this project have been filled, which include a full-time Project Manager and HL7 Interface Programming Consultant. The Association of Public Health Laboratories is providing technical assistance to the project in the form of biweekly conference calls and one on-site visit. Work to create data flow from the Laboratory Information System to the Communicable Disease Management System is continuing as planned, and a successful test message has been generated.  Custom modifications of hardware systems to allow interoperability have been implemented. Planning and development is also progressing with a local hospital to transmit notifiable lab results for importing into the disease surveillance database and a test message has been submitted.  Monthly meetings have been established with both the Philadelphia Public Health Laboratory and the local hospital to ensure tasks and milestones are met on schedule.

Actual # of FTE jobs created for the quarter*:

Q8: 1.17

Q9: 1.04

Q10: 1.03

*In the City of Philadelphia’s quarterly federal report, also know as Section 1512 reports, jobs are calculated based on hours worked, instead of the number of people at work. It also looks only at jobs funded directly by the Recovery Act, and does not include jobs created indirectly. Direct jobs are counted quarterly and are not cumulative.

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