Establishing a Federal and State Data Exchange Pilot for Public Health Situational Awareness

Dina B. Passman, Aaron Kite-Powell, Dara Spector, Wayne Loschen, Barry Harp, Aaron Chern, Janet Hamilton, Cary Eggers, Joseph Lombardo


U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) partnered with the Florida Department of Health (FDOH), Bureau of Epidemiology, to implement a new process for the unidirectional exchange of electronic medical record (EMR) data when ASPR clinical assets are operational in the state following a disaster or other response event. ASPR and FDOH successfully automated the exchange of data from the ASPR electronic medical record system EMR-S into the FDOH Electronic Surveillance System for the Early Notification of Community-based Epidemics (ESSENCE-FL) system during the 2012 Republican National Convention (RNC).

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Online Journal of Public Health Informatics * ISSN 1947-2579 *