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TB Patient Management Project

Background

The Tuberculosis Information Management System (TIMS) is an electronic system that was designed and developed by CDC to help TB control programs better manage their TB data. However, the patient management module of TIMS was never fully developed, and thus was useful to some TB programs but inadequate for others. TIMS is now being phased out, to be replaced for the most part by the National Electronic Disease Surveillance System (NEDSS), yet state and local programs still need a patient management component. The Patient Management Project was started to address this need.

The TB Patient Management project started with three overarching objectives:

1. Identify core TB patient management practices and program evaluation activities across programs and document the functional requirements they represent,

2. Use this information to develop criteria to assess and evaluate existing information system options, and

3. Provide local and state TB control programs a means to use the results of the project.

The challenges CDC and TB controllers encountered with TIMS validated and reflected the difficulties for any federal agency to develop an electronic “one-size-fits-all” TB patient management system. Thus the TB Patient Management project was designed to evaluate existing electronic patient management systems, not to develop software.

The outcome of this project has been the development of a Web-based assessment guide. The primary purpose of this guide is to assist local and state TB control programs as they seek to select an application that best fits local TB control practices. The first section of the guide contains background material on many of the aspects of information technology selection and procurement with TB-specific examples. It includes a step-by-step guide to assist organizations as they navigate the process of an evaluation process. Section 2 consists of a tool that can be used to objectively evaluate information systems using the criteria developed by the project or with local modifications. The results of the evaluation conducted earlier this year are available in section 3. These results represent evaluation outcomes as of May 2004.

The guide is supported by the National Tuberculosis Controllers Association and the Turning Point Program.

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