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Open Source Solutions for Immunization Tracking and COVID-19

The United States is starting to emerge from a nation-wide shut down imposed to slow down the spread of COVID-19. Most states are starting to reopen, and while higher education will likely stay largely remote this fall, primary and secondary schools are expected to reopen as the economy tries to get back on its feet. As both children and adults begin to spend more time together again, it is important to understand the impact that COVID-19 is having on current immunization practices and services, and how open source software is being leveraged to keep the population safe.

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Anatomy of a Public Health Open Source Project: HLN's Immunization Calculation Engine (ICE)

An immunization information system (IIS) aggregates immunization information for children (and some adults) living or receiving immunization services in a jurisdiction. One of the core components of an IIS is its immunization evaluation and forecasting system: the computerized algorithm that is used to determine if vaccine doses that were administered to the patient are clinically valid (evaluation) and to project what doses are due now and in the future (forecasting). These algorithms are used to support clinical decision support (CDS) at the point of care and also to help public health agencies understand and manage the immunization status of whole populations.

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HLN Consulting

For more than twenty years HLN Consulting has been a leading public health informatics consulting company focused on developing and supporting robust technical solutions addressing pressing public health needs. Founded in 1997, HLN Consulting, LLC brings together an academic heritage and technology perspective in a collaborative approach to health information technology. We learn through partnerships with our clients to bring insight into pressing informatics issues with regard to public health policy and practice.

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Immunization Calculation Engine (ICE)

The Immunization Calculation Engine (ICE) is a state-of-the-art open-source software system that provides clinical decision support for immunizations (CDSi), commonly referred to as “immunization forecasting.” ICE has two major components: The ICE Web Service evaluates a patient’s immunization history and generates the appropriate immunization recommendations for the patient. The Clinical Decision Support Administration Tool (CAT) is a web-based GUI tool that enables subject matter experts to manage ICE rules and configuration without the intervention of software developers.

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Michael Berry

A Senior Project Manager since 2001, Mike Berry wears many hats at HLN Consulting: manager, consultant, and software developer. He has staffed and managed health information systems projects for HLN in Philadelphia, New York City, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, Vermont, and Washington. His work is focused on public health registries, connecting public health and Health Information Exchange (HIE), standards-based messaging and interoperability architecture, privacy and security in HIE and person-matching technologies for integrated systems.

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Michael J. Suralik

Mike Suralik is an accomplished information technology professional with experience in project management, business analysis, and application development. As a Senior Project Manager since 2002, Mike has managed HLN projects for the health departments of New York City, Philadelphia, Los Angeles County, Kentucky, and Oklahoma. Mike has lead teams to perform needs assessments, to develop customized software, to modify software developed by other parties, and to provide ongoing support and maintenance of a diverse set of applications, databases, and servers.

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Noam H. Arzt, Ph.D.

With over twenty years in managing information technology initiatives, Noam H. Arzt, Ph.D. understands how to develop, deploy and support systems on any scale. As an administrator and researcher at the University of Pennsylvania, he honed his skills including successfully guiding Federal, State and foundation grants and contracts. In 1997, Dr. Arzt launched his consulting company, HLN Consulting, LLC, which provides services and support to public health agencies around the country.

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ONC Selects Noam Arzt to serve on the ONC Trusted Exchange Framework Task Force

Press Release | HLN Consulting | February 19, 2018

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) has selected Dr. Noam H. Arzt, President of HLN Consulting (HLN), as a member of the Trusted Exchange Framework Task Force. This group of healthcare and health information technology specialists will advise ONC on various aspects of the Draft Trusted Exchange Framework. This framework outlines a common set of principles for trusted exchange of health information records and minimum terms and conditions for trusted exchange as directed by Congress in the 21st Century Cures Act.

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ISDS 2019

Event Details
Type: 
Conference
Date: 
January 29, 2019 (All day) - February 1, 2019 (All day)

The International Society for Disease Surveillance (ISDS) conference is the premier event dedicated to the advancement of the science and practice of biosurveillance. Every year, the ISDS conference draws approximately 400 professionals from a broad range of disciplines to learn the latest achievements, analytic methods, best practices, conceptual frameworks, and technical innovations in the rapidly evolving field of health surveillance. Additionally, ISDS offers a one-day One Health Symposium prior to the first day of the Annual Conference to explore the intersection of Human, Animal and Environmental Health.

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