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Notice to Readers: Public Health Information Network Conference

The first annual Public Health Information Network (PHIN) Conference will be held May 13--15, 2003, in Atlanta, Georgia. Sponsored by CDC and collaborating public health organizations, this conference brings together the various elements involved in the development of public health information systems, including Health Alert Network, BioWatch, the National Electronic Disease Surveillance System (NEDSS), the Epidemic Information Exchange, the many current systems used by both CDC and its partners in surveillance and response activities, and the co-developed or state/locally developed information systems that need to be compatible with PHIN.

Sessions are planned on how PHIN can support and transform areas such as terrorism preparedness and response, integrated child health, environmental health, interaction with clinical medicine, laboratory information systems, and distance learning. In addition, sessions will be held addressing information technology (IT) project management, workforce requirements, and information dissemination to multiple audiences. Workshops for IT specialists will be held in topical areas such as data modeling, PHIN architecture, requirements definitions, HL-7 messaging, and the NEDSS Base system.

Registration and a tentative agenda are available at http://sec.cdcmeetings.com/phin/index.asp. On-line registration ends May 2, 2003.



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