Exploring Missouri's New, Innovative, and Multilayered Health Data Suppression Rules

In Spring 2017, the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (MODHSS) launched the Missouri Public Health Information Management System (MOPHIMS) web-based health data platform. Missouri has supported a similar data system since the 1990s, allowing the public, local public health departments, and other stakeholders access to community level birth, death, and hospitalization data (among other datasets). The MOPHIMS system is composed of two separate pieces.

June 18, 2019

HIV Bio-behavioral Risk Study Implementation in Resource-poor Military Settings

Circumstances within the military environment may place military personnel at increased risk of contracting sexually transmitted infections (STI) including HIV. HIV bio-behavioral risk studies provide a critical source of data to estimate HIV/STI prevalence and identify risk factors, allowing programs to maximize impact by focusing on the drivers of the epidemic. 


We present lessons learned from over a decade of HIV bio- behavioral risk study implementation and capacity-building in African militaries. 

July 06, 2017

Ensuring confidentiality and safety of cancer registry data in Kumasi, Ghana

Cancer registration involves collecting information on patients with cancer. Population-based cancer registries in particular are useful in estimating the disease burden and to inform the institution of prevention and control measures. Collecting personal information on patients with cancer requires strict adherence to principles of confidentiality to ensure the safety of the collected data. Failure may have legal and medical implications. The Kumasi Cancer Registry was established as a population-based cancer Registry in 2012.

July 27, 2017

National Syndromic Surveillance Program (NSSP) BioSense Data Sharing Workgroup - Report

This report summarizes a series of Data Sharing Workgroups that occurred in 2014 and 2015.

Purpose of the workgroups: To provide community input on topics related to data sharing functionalities in the BioSense platform.

October 29, 2017

Securing protected health information in NC DETECT

NC DETECT receives daily data files from emergency departments (ED), the statewide EMS data collection system, the statewide poison center, and veterinary laboratory test results. Included in these data are elements, which may contain Protected Health Information (PHI). It is the responsibility of NC DETECT to ensure that security of these data is managed during their entire life cycle, including receiving, loading, cleaning, storage, managing, reporting, user access, archiving, and destruction.

June 25, 2019

Expert Meeting on Privacy, Confidentiality, and Other Legal and Ethical Issues in Syndromic Surveillance

For syndromic and related public health surveillance systems to be effective, state and local health departments and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) need access to a variety of types of health data. Since the development and implementation of syndromic surveillance systems in recent years, health departments have gained varied levels of access to personal health information for inclusion in these systems.

July 30, 2018

Expert Meeting on Legal and Ethical Issues in Syndromic Surveillance

For syndromic and related surveillance systems to be effective public health tools, state and local health departments and CDC need access to a variety of types of health data.  However, since the development and implementation of syndromic surveillance systems began in recent years, experience in gaining access to personal health data has been mixed.  Although some have argued that the HIPAA Privacy Rule permits data owners to disclose protected health information to public health authorities, covered entities have cited HIPAA in refusing to provide data to researchers and health departmen

July 30, 2018

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