PUBLIC HEALTH

We helped Louisiana Public Health bring syndromic surveillance into the Internet age. 

We have a successful history of working with the Louisiana Department of Health.

Louisiana Department of Health – Office of Public Health

The mission of the Department of Health (LDH) Office of Public Health (OPH) is to protect and promote the health and wellness of all individuals and communities in Louisiana. LDH/OPH accomplishes this through education, promotion of healthy lifestyles, preventing disease and injury, enforcing regulations that protect the environment, sharing vital information, and assuring preventive services to uninsured and underserved individuals and families. They employ science-based best practices to ensure that all people in Louisiana have the opportunity to grow, develop, and live in an environment that promotes the physical, behavioral and social health of individuals, families, and communities.

Louisiana Early Event Detection System (LEEDS)

Client: Office of Public Health, Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals
Web Site: www.dhh.louisiana.gov
Location: New Orleans, LA
Category: Public Health, Public Sector

Benefits

  • Reduce paper and manual processing
  • Improve staff efficiency by streamlining operations
  • Increase transparency and early detection of epidemics through reporting and analytics
  • Created an informational asset for Epidemiology Data
  • Facilitates collaboration between regional health units and hospitals

Project Elements 

  • Real-Time Data Updates
  • Retro Mapping
  • User-Friendly Web Interface
  • Configurable Code Tables
  • Robust Reporting Capabilities
  • Track Status
  • Payment Management
  • Online Credit Card and e-Check Payment
  • Correspondence Management
  • Email Notifications
  • Historical Record and Audit Capabilities
  • User Profile Management
  • Online Query Tool for the Public
  • User Security Management
  • Robust Reporting Abilities

Summary of Work

Infectious Disease Epidemiology Section requested help to support, maintain, and enhance existing legacy information and data collection systems, as well as to develop new specialized systems for identifying and tracking outbreaks of infectious and communicable diseases.

Meeting with the principal Office of Public Health management staff, TEI analysts gathered and documented system requirements for each proposed system. Under the direction of our Chief Software Architect, our analysts developed intuitive browser designs for four of the most critical systems used by the Epidemiology Section. Using Microsoft’s ASP.Net architecture, our software developers improved overall system functionality by developing new algorithms for use with the existing database. Throughout the contract period, we used our standard information system development methodologies to design, program, and all processes.

Essentially, TEI helped bring syndromic surveillance into the Internet age. In 2011, TEI had completed and implemented four major systems used by state epidemiologists to track infectious and communicable diseases. More recently, TEI developed a web application for Louisiana Tuberculosis (TB) Case Management that allows regional health units to manage and collaborate on Louisiana TB cases from various locations. TEI is currently under contract with DHH to migrate the Louisiana Early Event Detection System database to SQL Server from Oracle and expand the system to accept data from 300 additional emergency care facilities.

The Louisiana Early Event Detection System (LEEDS) automatically processes emergency rooms and urgent care facility data from all over Louisiana into standardized reports that help predict epidemics in the early stages of an outbreak. TEI created the LEEDS system to streamline public health staff’s manual processes. Three main components: data transfer component, the data analysis processing component, and the reporting component encompass the LEEDS system. The data analysis processing component is a data extraction and transformation tool that allows the program administrator the ability to configure analysis algorithm settings, schedule data loads, review processing results and resolve data discrepancies before the data’s integration into the reporting component. The data is transformed based on disease tracking algorithms into a series of standardized reports for the hospitals and program administrators. With a click of a button, public health staff can process massive amounts of data that previously took weeks of manual processing.

Recently, TEI has completed the full migration of the LEEDS database to SQL server from Oracle in addition to several system enhancements such as increased batch processing speed, added user account management, and updated the system to acceptance and intake of HL7 files. We are also nearing completion on the system-wide expansion of accepting data from 300 additional emergency care facilities across the state.

Louisiana Tuberculosis Management System (LATB)

Client: Office of Public Health, Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals
Web Site: www.dhh.louisiana.gov
Contact:  Michael Lacassagne, MPH, MT (AAB) Program Director TB Control Program
Location: New Orleans, LA
Category: Public Health, Public Sector

Project Elements

  • Case Management Solution
  • Centralized Database of Patient Records
  • Real-Time Data Updates
  • User-Friendly Web Interface
  • Patient Tracking
  • Lab Data Component
  • User Security Management
  • Duplication Identification
  • Accessible from Any Regional Office
  • Robust Reporting Capabilities
  • Error Reduction
  • Seamless Collaboration for Health Units

Summary of Work

TEI developed a web application for Louisiana Tuberculosis (TB) Case Management that allows regional health units to manage and collaborate on Louisiana TB cases from various locations.

The Louisiana Tuberculosis (LaTB) Case Management system will allow regional health units to manage and collaborate on Louisiana TB cases from various locations. Currently, TB users are manually transferring each regional MS Access database and merging each of the nine regional databases into one master database. The new web-based system was deployed in early 2018 and as of recent, TEI is working with the TB staff on system enhancements.