A state-run department of health that is designed to enhance the health and well-being of local patients by providing effective health and human services as well as fostering sound, sustained advances in medicine, public health and social services.
To better track and report on a variety of reportable conditions, allow for future growth, and gain the ability to collect additional data that would otherwise be unavailable, the state integrated electronic case reporting (eCR) system with its existing syndromic surveillance system. Although the eCR was already in use by the public health agency, the eCR-produced data was not being successfully integrated into the agency’s state-run surveillance system.
By working closely with the system’s internal users of the application, Baker Tilly not only provided the necessary and needed analytics, but addressed enhancement requests as well. A close working relationship with internal IT staff was also fostered, with clear and concise documentation and knowledge transfer regarding the new solution being provided. After the implementation was complete, Baker Tilly also provided training to the agency’s staff so that the solution could be maintained and so that staff could address future reportable conditions so the platform could continue to grow and be adopted throughout the state health department.
Not only was the client’s eCR successfully integrated into state’s current surveillance system, which provided the functionality, manageability and enhancements outlined in the scope of the engagement, but also recommendations for additional growth and future enhancements was provided to the client as well. Furthermore, the client also opened a door to an exponential amount of additional data reporting elements as well as better tracking of reportable conditions that enhances the care and safety of the public at large. This solution was also administered while maintaining the usability of the front-end reporting application throughout the engagement.
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