Public Health Information Network (PHIN) 2009 Conference


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Sunday, August 30, 2009

PHIN Tutorials

8:00 AM – 12:00 PM

TT4: Tutorial
Location: Hanover C
Title: PHIN MS Basic Training - Configuring the PHIN-MS Sender, Receiver and Puller
Description: This workshop is dedicated to managers and engineers currently evaluating and planning for the deployment of a PHIN-MS Sender, Receiver, or Route-Not-Read Poller. The workshop will consist of a 1.5 hour presentation and a 1.5 hour demonstration of configuring the different components in PHIN-MS. The remaining time will be used as a question and answer forum.

9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

TT1: Tutorial
Location: Greenbriar
Title: The Health Metrics Network (HMN): Introduction to the Framework and Tools
This one day training introduces the HMN Framework, principles and tools to participants involved in country-level interventions to strengthen health information systems (HIS). It will allow participants to promote in the countries where they work to utilize the HMN framework and principles as a worldwide recognized approach to HIS design. It also will provide participants with basic knowledge and skills on using the HMN Assessment Tool and Planning Guidance document.

TT2: Tutorial
Location: Hanover A
Title: Project Management Fundamentals for Health Information Technology Professionals
Description: This tutorial is a no-nonsense seminar specifically designed for health organizations managing complex information technology projects. This workshop provides hands-on, interactive training that will benefit both beginner and experienced project leaders. Participants will discover a simple, effective step-by-step process to organize, define, plan, track and complete any project. Attendees will master the technical tools, and develop the leadership skills necessary to successfully complete their projects on time, within budget, and guarantee results.

1:00 PM – 5:00 PM

TT5: Tutorial
Location: Hanover B
Title: Socio-technical Issues in Public Health Information Technology Systems
Description: There are numerous issues and challenges when information systems are implemented in public health practice settings. While the technology is designed to improve the collection of data and the use timely and current information, it can often have the unintended consequence of disruption. It is important to understand the full potential impact of a system’s deployment and how these efforts can enable efficiencies or cause disruption to workflow. Knowledge of the roles, responsibilities, and expertise of each stakeholder is important along with the learning about examples of clinical informatics implementations gone right and wrong. This tutorial is designed to provide instruction using lessons learned from the informatics community discussing how it might translate and be applied to the front lines of public health practice.

TT6: Tutorial
Location: Hanover C
Title: PHIN-MS Advanced Training - Security and Certificate Management (SCM)
Description: PHIN-MS was developed for the purpose of secure and reliable messaging over the Internet. Although PHIN-MS has been widely deployed by the CDC and its public health partners, Security and Certificate Management are still the greatest deployment challenges faced by both new and veteran PHIN-MS managers and administrators. The PHIN-MS SCM workshop will provide PHIN-MS managers and engineers with background information necessary to plan and deploy a PHIN-MS Receiver at local health departments and organizations.

TT7: Tutorial
Location: Hanover D
Title: Electronic Laboratory Reporting 102: Your ELR Program is Up and Running - How to Avoid Crash and Burn
Description: If you have an Electronic Laboratory Reporting (ELR) link live - perhaps even have several labs connected, but what comes next? How do you get the higher-volume labs in your region to pay attention and connect to your ELR system? How do you work with the national labs? This tutorial will include:

  • Every laboratory is different - details and solutions
  • How to recruit national and large hospital laboratories to join your ELR community
  • One tactic - the LIS -vendor-centric approach to implementation
  • Financing - incentives such as financial support for laboratories' start-up costs (interface licenses, implementation cost, etc.)
  • Standard vs. Local: LOINC, SNOMED, and other coding quandaries
  • The important question: where do results go after ELR receives them

TT8: Tutorial
Location: Hanover E
Title: CoPs for PHIN: An Interactive Workshop Description: Attendees to this introductory workshop on communities of practice (CoPs) will learn about this collaborative and innovative approach to knowledge sharing and problem solving. Topics covered will include the business case for using the CoP approach within PHIN, how it will be implemented at the PHIN Conference and beyond, and how PHIN members can join a PHIN community of practice and get the most out of that participation. Included in the workshop will be a walkthrough of the PHIN CoP Resource Kit to support the planning, designing, launching, evaluating, and sustaining of CoPs throughout their lifecycle.

TT9: Tutorial
Location: Hanover F
Title: Evaluation in Public Health Informatics: Are We Really Making a Difference?
Description: This tutorial will summarize the latest methods in evaluating the degree to which informatics projects are making a difference in public health – either in increasing public health impact and outcomes, in making public health practice more efficient and effective, or in making appropriate data available and useful for conducting evaluations. The session will begin by covering the basic types of evaluation in public health: formative, process, impact and outcome evaluation. Then, experts from the CDC Evaluation Working Group will provide a short overview of the CDC Evaluation Framework, and its use over the last ten years. We will describe the use of Logic Models and how they can be used to enhance the case for informatics components making a contribution to public health impact and outcomes. This tutorial will: present an overview of epidemiological criteria for causality and attribution; describe both qualitative and quantitative measures that can be used to build the case for contribution to observed changes; and present a framework of measures suggested for informatics evaluations and a general informatics logic model. In the area of translating research into practice, we will review two translational evaluation models and emphasize the importance of being able to reproduce positive results in different real-world settings. Case study examples will include evaluation of the informatics contribution to particular health problems regarding state and local public health practice situations. In some situations, an information system is the primary intervention; in others, informatics plays a supporting role. Finally, we will describe how informatics can be used as an aid to other evaluations, through collecting data that were previously not available, collecting data in a more timely or precise manner, or validating data with automated validity checks.

TT15: Tutorial
Location: Learning Center
Title: PHIN 101
Description: PHIN 101 provides a comprehensive overview of the Public Health Information Network, including purpose, goals, and available resources for developing interoperable information systems. This session will focus on recent changes in PHIN and new collaborative approaches to architecture, requirements, and systems development.  Several CDC programs will provide information about CDC developed tools and applications that support PHIN initiatives.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

PHIN Tutorials

8:00 AM – 12:00 PM

TT3: Tutorial
Location: Inman
Title: Design and Conduct of Evaluation Studies in Public Health Informatics
Description: It is now generally accepted that evaluation is one of the fundamental activities of informatics. Evaluation studies can address a wide range of questions using a wide range of methods. Studies can focus on the structure and function of information resources themselves, the ways in which they are used, and their impact on practice. Studies are carried out before, during, and following the deployment of information resources. This tutorial is designed to support persons or groups who are designing, carrying out, or critically appraising an evaluative study of a public health information resource. The tutorial will offer an introduction to the rigorous scientific methods underlying evaluation, in such a manner that they are understandable and practical to apply. The tutorial starts by defining evaluation and describing why we do it, then discusses alternative approaches and how to select between them. A case study, addressing issues specific to public health informatics, is used to introduce evaluation techniques and examine their strengths and weaknesses. Learning objectives:

  • Define the process and role of evaluation within the field of public health informatics.
  • Given an evaluation study, identify the approach that it employs.
  • State specific evaluation questions, appropriate to an informatics project setting in public health.
  • Analyze evaluation studies with attention to issues of measurement and demonstration study design.

TT10: Tutorial
Location: Hanover A
Title: Using PHIN VADS Web Application and Web Services
Description: Participants will learn vocabulary content available in PHIN VADS, how to search and download content, as well as using vocabulary content in real time using VADS web services.

TT11: Tutorial
Location: Hanover B
Title: Leading Practices in Online Collaboration
Description: This tutorial will teach the principles of online collaboration, including practical tips and tricks for working within a geographically distributed community and working across communities. In addition, attendees will learn about the collaborative features of the PHIN Community Platform and how to use the Platform as a tool to accomplish collaborative work.

TT12: Tutorial
Location: Hanover C
Title: A Technique for Data Repurposing and Configuration Through Web Based Software
Description: Data repurposing is critical to public health research. It offers the benefits of being less intrusive to subjects, less expensive, and often contains more extensive data. This tutorial will introduce the concepts and technology that assists researchers in linking multiple and disparate data sources, extracting data in a useful configuration, and exporting data to statistical analysis tools. Sample data will be used to illustrate how the program can be used to extract, configure, and present data. This educational opportunity is targeted to a wide range of public health researchers, including but not limited to, health and social scientists and epidemiologists.

TT13: Tutorial
Location: Hanover D
Title: Interoperability Activity Update: Focused Review of the Current Relevant Domestic Health IT Interoperability Activities
Description: In today’s dynamic healthcare environment, “interoperability” has become a frequent buzzword, but how do the current activities impact public health and more specifically PHIN stakeholders? This tutorial will provide a focused review of current relevant health IT interoperability activities primarily in the United States and will touch on relevant activities globally.

TT14: Tutorial
Location: Hanover E
Title: Acquiring and Implementing Public Health IT Systems: The Public Health Professional in the Drivers' Seat
Description: This tutorial will provide practical advice and guidance, as well as lessons learned, for public health professionals who find themselves involved in the acquisition, implementation, and support of information systems. Topics covered include:

  • Buy or Build;
  • RFPhelp or disaster;
  • Other choices for acquisition;
  • To use open source or not to use open source that is the question;
  • The Role of Project Management;
  • The three most important keys to success - communication, communication, communication;
  • "Cat Herding" 101.
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