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BioSense 2.0 Webinar: The Kansas Experience, Health Information Exchanges, and Onboarding


Public health jurisdictions participating in BioSense 2.0 can be on-boarded in several ways, including one hospital at a time or through a health information exchange (HIE). Onboarding through an HIE can simplify the process and ease the burden on health departments.

Kansas began onboarding BioSense 2.0 through an HIE in 2012. In this Webinar, Laura McCrary will present an overview of HIEs in Kansas, including the benefits of using them and how they work. Lou Saadi will then discuss the issues from the health department perspective. Her presentation will include information on how to work through the onboarding process and the time and effort involved.

This Webinar will discuss the future: once BioSense 2,0 is set up, what are the next steps? This portion of the presentation will discuss questions about understanding, sorting through, and validating the data.


Laura McCrary, Ed.D., Executive Director, Kansas Health Information Network, Inc.

Elizabeth W. (Lou) Saadi, Ph.D., State Registrar and Deputy Director of the Bureau of Epidemiology and Public Health Informatics, Division of Health at Kansas Department of Health and Environment

Learning Objectives

By the end of the webinar, the audience will be able to:

  1. Describe how a jurisdiction can onboard BioSense 2.0 using an HIE;
  2. Describe the benefits of using an HIE;
  3. Assess the likely work effort involved in setting up BioSense 2.0; and
  4. Describe next steps in effective use of BioSense 2.0.

Date and Time

Thursday, March 13, 2014, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM EDT (19:00 - 20:00 GMT)


ISDS and the BioSense Redesign Team (more information about this webinar series)