I-NEDSS Update

Indiana Epidemiology Newsletter
April 2008

The Indiana National Electronic Disease Surveillance System (I-NEDSS) is a Web-based application that promotes the collection, integration, and sharing of data at federal, state, and local levels. The purpose of I-NEDSS is to automate the current process for reportable diseases, as defined by IAC 410.  The system will include lab reports, communicable disease reports (CDR), and case investigations.   Eventually, I-NEDSS will replace the paper-based reporting system currently in use.

Benefits of I-NEDSS include:

  1. increased speed
  2. increased accuracy
  3. increased accountability
  4. increased security
  5. increased situational awareness for state and local investigators

I-NEDSS currently consists of the following modules:

  1. Notification Module – health care providers and laboratories submitting electronic lab reports (ELR) and CDRs to the appropriate investigative unit at the local or state level
  2. Case Investigation Module – Investigative unit conducts case investigation and reports results to ISDH
  3. National Reporting Module – ISDH reports summary disease data to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) using the national Public Health Information Network (PHIN)

Additional modules are in the planning stages.  Planning activities are being directed by the Surveillance Investigation Division (SID) and coordinated by the Public Health Preparedness and Emergency Response (PHPER) Division at the ISDH.

Where are we in the process?

The I-NEDSS Notification Module was released as a pilot beginning on March 31.  Six local health departments have agreed to participate in the six-week pilot and provide feedback to the ISDH.  Feedback information will be used to improve the system before statewide rollout.

The six local health departments participating in the pilot are:

  1. Hamilton
  2. Hendricks
  3. Johnson
  4. Floyd
  5. Kosciusko
  6. Putnam

What are the future plans for I-NEDSS?

Information and demonstrations on the I-NEDSS application, including all three modules, will be provided at the Indiana Public Health and Medicine Summit

Development work will continue throughout the summer and fall of 2008 to incorporate feedback from the pilot into the I-NEDSS application and conduct further testing on the system.

The I-NEDSS Project Team is targeting a statewide release of this system during late 2008/early 2009.  That release will represent the groundwork required for Indiana to further improve all reportable surveillance and disease management capabilities.