California is currently facing a public health crisis around congenital syphilis (CS), yet CS is 100% preventable with timely intervention and treatment.
Health Information Organizations (HIOs) are in a unique position to make data and tools available to local public health jurisdictions (LHJs) and public health communicable disease teams for timely prevention, intervention, and treatment. California law requires providers to report cases of syphilis to LHJs within 1 working day. LHJs participating with an HIO can receive real-time alerts when pregnant patients with syphilis are seen in an ED or admitted to a hospital, including for labor and delivery. This model, successfully piloted by San Bernardino County and nonprofit HIO Manifest MedEx, allows public health to receive Admit, Transfer, Discharge (ADT) alerts for every pregnant patient with syphilis and coordinate with the care team to ensure testing and treatment are provided.
In this webinar, learn how counties can leverage ADT notifications and longitudinal patient records provided by nonprofit HIOs to address CS and other potential use cases to support public health goals.
This timely discussion was moderated by MX’s Vice President, Public Health Innovation, Mimi Hall, MPH, featuring:
- Heather Readhead, MD, MPH, Public Health Medical Officer, California Department of Public Health
- Sara Sowko, MPH, Public Health Epidemiologist, Contra Costa Health Services and California Association of Communicable Disease Controllers (CACDC)
- Josh Dugas, Director, San Bernardino County Department of Public Health
- Shadi Barfjani, MD, Senior Deputy Director, San Joaquin County Public Health Service
The recording is now available here and can be viewed below. Please feel free to share with colleagues who may be interested.
Learn more on topics discussed during the webinar:
- Powerpoint slides from the webinar
- “Data Sharing Can Reverse a Health Crisis” by Mimi Hall and Josh Dugas published in Medpage Today on how San Bernardino County has been working to combat congenital syphilis with Admit, Discharge, and Transfer notifications provided by nonprofit health information organization, Manifest MedEx
We’re committed to sharing insights and hosting conversations on how to leverage health information exchange to improve care in California.
Join us for our next webinar focused on an overview of the Data Exchange Framework and Data Sharing Agreement – key deadlines and next steps, what we know and don’t know (yet), and the impact on participants in the MX network, as well other health plans, hospitals, providers, and counties across the state.
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