Identification

Author

Bean NH, Martin SM, Bradford H

Title

PHLIS: An electronic system for reporting public health data from remote sites

Year

1992

Publication type

Article

Journal

Am J Public Health

Created

2016-03-18 21:26:57.999300+00:00

Modified

2016-08-09 19:05:43.251188+00:00

Details

Volume

82

Number

9

Access

Language

English

URL http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1694322/pdf/amjph00546-0083.pdf
Accessed

2016-05-23

Extended information

Abstract

Disease surveillance conducted by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) in conjunction with state health departments provides databases of information to public health workers. These databases' utility is limited by the lag time from occurrence of disease events until records are available for analysis. We developed the Public Health Laboratory Information System (PHLIS), a PC-based electronic reporting system for entering, editing, and analyzing data locally and for transmitting data electronically to other state or federal offices. Advantages of PHLIS include reduction in paper handling, decrease in lag time between disease incident and availability of information for analysis, ability to rapidly examine data for clusters of disease, downloadable summary tables, data editing at site of input, data analysis capability, increased interaction among participants, and current data for responses to inquiries. PHLIS is available without cost and is transportable to other agencies, states, or countries.