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Public Health Community Platform A solution for a modern public health enterprise by Marcus Rennick:

The Public Health Community Platform (PHCP) is a CDC-funded ASTHO project envisioned to provide Universal access to modernized shared resources that efficiently, securely, and collaboratively transform data into action for a healthier nation.

Over the past four decades, the public health enterprise has developed a wide variety of computer-based information systems to improve the ways data are collected, shared, and analyzed. The proliferation of Electronic Health Records (EHRs) and other online data sets makes information more accessible and useful than ever before. There are, however, challenges in unleashing the full power of these resources.

The current state of health information systems remains fragmented and insufficient to tackle the complexity and volume of the data that is already flowing. As with much computer-based technology in the past, these data systems and software were originally created on an as-needed basis, usually customized precisely to the needs of a particular program and not envisioned with an external compatibility in mind.

As the world becomes smaller with public health issues transcending geographies, working together and integrating systems and data will be crucial in preventing, detecting, and responding to issues that endanger the public’s health.

Biosurveillance Ecosystem (BSVE) Demo by Dr. Chris Kiley:

Dr. Chris Kiley of the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) provided a webinar demonstration of their Biosurveillance Ecosystem (BSVE) to showcase some of the work that is going on in the community. The BSVE has broad applications to the public health analyst with user-driven functionality and testing from local and state health departments. This ongoing work is designed to provide a platform of interoperable applications that can enhance the analysis of real-time disease threats. The BSVE also supports third party application development and interoperability through an accessible software developer’s kit, encouraging collaboration and future growth.

Requirements User Stories vs Shall Statements by Dr. Rob Seater

Dr. Rob Seater of MIT Lincoln Labs discussed the fundamental contradiction that requirements often present us with -- that they are both critical and a waste of time.  Understanding how this contradiction comes about helps us to address the problem by choosing an appropriate notation based on the phase of the project.  He discussed the tradeoffs and appropriate use of traditional ‘shall’ statements and ‘user stories’.  These tradeoffs are especially important to user-facing projects, but they are also valuable to projects focused on infrastructure or modernization.