Integrating data from disparate data systems for improved HIV reporting: Lessons learned


In 2015, the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) responded to a large HIV outbreak among persons who inject drugs (PWID) in Scott County. Information to manage the public health response to this event and its aftermath included data from multiple sources such as surveillance, HIV testing, contact tracing, medical care, and HIV prevention activities. Each dataset was managed separately and had been tailored to the relevant HIV program area’s needs, which is a typical practice for health departments. Currently, integrating these disparate data sources is managed manually, which makes this dataset susceptible to inconsistent and redundant data. During the outbreak investigation, access to data to monitor and report progress was difficult to obtain in a timely and accurate manner for local and state health department staff. ISDH initiated efforts to integrate these disparate HIV data sources to better track HIV prevention metrics statewide, to support decision making and policies, and to facilitate a more rapid response to future HIV-related investigations. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) through its Info-Aid mechanism is providing technical assistance to support assessment of the ISDH data integration process. The project is expected to lead to the development of a dashboard prototype that will aggregate and improve critical data reporting to monitor the status of HIV prevention in Scott County.


To assess the integration process of HIV data from disparate sources for reporting HIV prevention metrics in Scott County, Indiana.

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January 19, 2018

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