The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Deploys Outbreak Monitoring with the Help of Upp Technology
Charged with protecting public health and safety by providing information to enhance health decisions, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention works with state health departments and other organizations to promote all aspects of public health. In concert with technology partners, this includes development of tools for faster and better decision-making concerning public health threats.
With the goal of better monitoring the nation’s health and facilitating information sharing with state/local public health departments, the CDC has turned to a team of subject matter experts including Upp Technology to develop the National Electronic Disease Surveillance System (NEDSS).
Working on site at the CDC, Upp Technology subject matter experts have been integral to the life cycle Web application development of NEDSS, an Internet-based infrastructure for public health surveillance data exchange, developed to PHIN standards for interoperability in public health, as well as healthcare compliances such as HIPAA, HL7, and the LOINC and SNOMED code sets.
Following requirements gathering and analysis, best practices evaluation and UML modeling, Upp Technology subject matter experts in Oracle took part in back end design and development, including responsibility for tables, stored procedures, sequences and triggers, as well as Java database interaction API, and employing Oracle’s Healthcare Transaction Base API for data repository management of relevant patient, disease and syndrome detail.
The CDC also looked to Upp Technology engagement personnel for subject matter expertise in front-end and middle-tier development using such technologies as Java/J2EE, Servlets, JavaBeans, JSPs, RMI, and Applets with JDeveloper, Jakarta Ant and Log4J. The team additionally took part in GIS integration, enabling NEDSS to plot outbreaks on a map, using ESRI software and tools, such as ArcInfo, ArcIMS and ArcSDE.
With Upp Technology and our partners to provide subject matter expertise in healthcare information technology, custom Web application development, and secure, compliant data exchange in public health for NEDSS, the CDC has increased communication, collaboration and connectivity in public health, enabling the national, state/local and private health system apparatus to better prepare and respond to public health threats.