LUNA Salmonella Pilot Project Participants,
The Office of Infectious Diseases (OID) and the Office of Surveillance, Epidemiology, and Laboratory Services (OSELS) would like to inform the Specimen Tracking and Results Reporting System (STARRS) Laboratory User Network Application (LUNA) Pilot project participants that the current LUNA pilot will end on November 11, 2011.
This decision was not made lightly. However, under current budget constraints, both OID and OSELS leadership have little choice but to decommission STARRS/LUNA and bring the pilot project to an end. As the world leader in disease surveillance, CDC recognizes the ongoing need to improve the reliability and timeliness of laboratory ordering and result reporting. The time and effort you invested in using and critiquing STARRS and LUNA was valuable and greatly appreciated. It established the viability and benefits of a centralized electronic ordering, accessing, tracking and result-reporting solution at CDC. A more robust and comprehensive solution is currently under development. We are aware that some users have grown accustomed to using LUNA and the pilot’s termination may prove challenging. The CDC would like to make the transition to an alternative method as trouble-free as possible. Should you require guidance on submitting orders or receiving test results reports where you have been using LUNA, Stephen Soroka at (404) 639-0417 or SSoroka@cdc.gov is available to assist.
To summarize, LUNA will no longer be available after November 11, 2011. Feel free to contact Mr. Soroka should you have questions or concerns. Thank you for your involvement with this pilot, and we look forward to offering you a more permanent solution based on the lessons we learned together.
David W. Warnock, PhD
Senior Advisor for Laboratory Program Development
National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases
CDC, Office of Infectious Diseases
Seth Foldy, MD MPH FAAFP
Public Health Informatics & Technology Program Office
CDC, Office of Surveillance, Epidemiology and Laboratory Services
The entire letter can be found at: http://www.cdc.gov/phin/library/Archive_2011/LUNA_Decommission_Letter_to_Labs.pdf