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Dashboard Prototype for Improved HIV Monitoring and Reporting for Indiana


In 2015, ISDH responded to an HIV outbreak among persons using injection drugs in Scott County [1]. Information to manage the public health response to this event and aftermath included data from multiple sources (e.g., HIV testing, surveillance, contact tracing, medical care, and HIV prevention activities). During the outbreak, access to timely and accurate data for program monitoring and reporting was difficult for health department staff. Each dataset was managed separately and tailored to the relevant HIV program area’s needs. Our challenge was to create a platform that allowed separate systems to communicate with each other and design a DP that offered a consolidated view of data. ISDH initiated efforts to integrate these HIV data sources to better track HIV prevention, diagnosis, and care metrics statewide, support decision-making and policies, and facilitate a more rapid response to future HIV-related investigations. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) through its Info-Aid program provided technical assistance to support ISDH’s data integration process and develop a DP that could aggregate these data and improve reporting of crucial statewide metrics. After an initial assessment phase, an in-depth analysis of requirements resulted in several design principles and lessons learned that later translated into standardization of data formats and design of the data integration process.

Objective: The objective was to design and develop a dashboard prototype (DP) that integrates HIV data from disparate sources to improve monitoring and reporting of HIV care continuum metrics in Indiana. The tool aimed to support Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) to monitor key HIV performance indicators, more fully understand populations served, more quickly identify and respond to crucial needs, and assist in planning and decision-making.

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