Friday, 14 June 2013 14:13

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Mobile app for clinicians, "STD Tx Guide", graduates to both the Apple App Store and Android Apps on Google Play


The mobile app, STD Tx Guide, graduated to the Apple App Store for iOS devices on June 5, 2013, and to Google Play for Android OS devices on June 12, 2013. Click HERE to view information on iOS version and HERE for information on the Android version.  This app is based on a close collaboration between CDC’s Informatics R&D Lab and CDC’s STD team.

The guidelines the app uses are based on the 2010 STD Treatment Guidelines, and are designed for the treatment of persons who have or are at risk for sexually transmitted diseases (STDs).

These guidelines were updated by CDC after consultation with a group of professionals knowledgeable in the field of STDs who met in Atlanta on April 18–30, 2009. The information in this report updates the 2006 Guidelines for Treatment of Sexually Transmitted Diseases (MMWR 2006;55[No. RR–11]).

This version of this app builds upon the knowledge gained from earlier prototypes developed in the R&D lab.  Click here to view an earlier article, which discusses the multiple goals of the Informatics R&D Lab - related to this app.

The key features in this version of the app include:

• Condition Quick Pick: allows doctors and clinicians to quickly look up conditions and their treatments. Easy access to condition descriptions is also provided.

• Full STD Guidelines: the full STD guidelines presented in an easily navigable format. The user may drill down to any section of the 2010 STD Treatment Guidelines.

• Quick access to an additional CDC resource, a PDF of “A Guide to Taking a Sexual History”

To learn more about the app, feel free to contact the R&D Lab staff at


Wednesday, 11 July 2012 14:13

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"PTT Advisor" Graduates to Apple App Store


The mobile prototype app for iPhone, "PTT Advisor," graduates to Apple App Store

On July 6, 2012, the R&D Lab's prototype mobile clinical decision support app, "PTT Advisor," became available in the Apple App Store: see PTT Advisor in the Apple App Store. This app, based on a close collaboration between the R&D Lab and CDC's Laboratory Science, Policy and Practice Program Office, began its development in the summer of 2011 — supported through CDC's 2011 iFund Challenge award.

The app assists clinical providers in their evaluation of patients with an abnormal clinical laboratory blood test, specifically an abnormal PTT (Partial Thromboplastin Time). The application has been created to easily navigate through the detailed laboratory testing algorithms. The algorithms may help to reduce inappropriate coagulation testing as well as possible adverse patient outcomes from, for example, a delay in diagnosis.

This application leverages coagulation testing algorithms, which were developed by a group of volunteer laboratory experts working together on a CDC-sponsored team as part of the Clinical Laboratory Integration into Healthcare Collaborative (CLIHC)™ project. The prototype leverages the algorithms as documented in flow charts and turns them into electronic, interactive, decision support tools for clinical provider use.

The algorithms are organized digitally to allow the user to easily walk through a complicated flow diagram by answering one question at a time in an interactive format.

To download the free app, simply search the Apple App Store for "PTT Advisor" on your mobile device.

To learn more about the app, feel free to read the R&D Lab’s posting from June 2011, or contact the R&D Lab staff at


Thursday, 14 June 2012 13:39

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Official Launch of iOS App Lab for R&D Prototypes


IIU launches App Lab for Public Health R&D mobile prototype apps for iOS-based devices (iPhone, iPad, etc.)

On June 14, 2012, CDC’s Informatics Innovation Unit (IIU) team launched its app lab of prototype mobile applications (currently iPhone & iPad only, but soon to include Android and other mobile OSes). This app lab ( is a tool for the Lab, CDC, & its public health partners to test and collaborate on innovative mobile apps. These prototypes serve a wide variety of purposes – but ultimately are efficient and effective tools for gaining knowledge and decision making. Along with the launch of the app lab, the R&D Lab is making available 5 iPhone prototypes and 4 iPad prototypes. The lab provides an easy-to-use environment to learn about and experience these prototypes. Valuable information about each app in the lab includes a description, screenshots, iOS version requirements, and links to source code. When the app lab is viewed on a mobile iOS-based device, by simply clicking on the Download button, users can easily install an app on that device. When it is viewed on a laptop or desktop PC, users can install an app via the use of iTunes. New features, including high-resolution graphics and user feedback, are in final stages of testing, and will be launched soon.


Please note that this app lab does NOT contain production apps, but prototype / proof-of-concept apps. If and/or when a prototype app graduates to production, the R&D Lab’s app lab will provide links to CDC’s mobile site as well as Apple’s official App Store. For more information or questions, please contact the R&D team at


The App Lab can be found at


Thursday, 12 April 2012 19:42

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Public Health Information Network (PHIN) Partner Presentation

IIU Presents Resources Available to CDC and the Public Health Community

At the monthly PHIN Partner Call on March 7, 2012, the Informatics Innovation Unit (IIU) described the resources and services it provides to CDC and the public health community. 70 people were in attendance. The presentation walked through the architecture, history, and processes used in IIU's research cloud. Several of the IIU’s partner engagements were described, and a selection of prototype engagements were demonstrated and discussed. The presentation illustrated how IIU collaborates with CDC programs and the public health community to fulfill its mission — advancing the field of public health informatics through applied research and innovation.


The PowerPoint slides from the presentation are available here: PHIN Partner Presentation, 03/07/2012


Tuesday, 09 August 2011 18:42

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Centers of Excellence (CoE) in Public Health Informatics



The Centers of Excellence (CoE) in Public Health Informatics was established to support a broadly based research program to share knowledge and common resources with a few selected research partners. The program was initiated by a funding opportunity announcement that was released on February 9, 2009.

The Centers support research that will develop, translate, and disseminate informatics knowledge and expertise to public health professionals that is essential to maximizing the potential of information systems to improve the health of the nation. The research supported should be innovative and supportive of programs linking recent advances in evidence-based public health intervention, systems development, information processes, and computer science to advance and improve the public's health.

More information is available at the CDC hosted Centers of Excellence web site...

Monday, 23 May 2011 14:11

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2011 iFund Challenge Funding Recipient


IIU collaborates with Laboratory Science Policy Practice Program Office (LSPPPO) and is selected to receive funding through CDC's 2011 iFund Challenge.

The Informatics Innovation Unit (IIU) was competitively selected, in collaboration with LSPPPO, to receive financial support from the Innovation Fund Challenge to develop smartphone/smartpad applications to improve clinical decision support related to abnormal laboratory test results (e.g., a prolonged partial thromoboplastin time). Out of 140 submitted proposals, only 11 projects were awarded funding.


Tuesday, 30 November 2010 20:39

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Strategic Health IT Advanced Research Projects (SHARP) Program

$60 Million Awarded for the SHARP Program

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) has awarded $60 million in cooperative agreements for the Strategic Health IT Advanced Research Projects (SHARP) Program. The SHARP program seeks to support improvements in the quality, safety, and efficiency of healthcare, through advanced information technology. The research projects supported by the SHARP program will focus on solving current and expected future challenges that represent barriers to adoption and meaningful use of health IT. These projects will focus on areas where "breakthrough" advances are needed to realize the full potential of health IT.


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