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EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR’S MESSAGE AIMS-ing Towards The Future APHL recognizes that safe, reliable and fast data exchange is critical to public health laboratories and their scientists. So one of the association’s highest priorities for this year is to determine the future business model for our AIMS platform. Wait…you don’t know what AIMS is? Take a seat and let me share. AIMS, which stands for APHL Informatics Messaging Service, was developed as a way for public health partners (i.e., laboratories, agencies, etc.) to exchange data electronically using standards-based messaging services. The cloud-based platform provides data translation and transformation as well as support services. Since its inception over a decade ago, there has not only been tremendous usage growth, but AIMS has proven to be very agile, adapting to multiple purposes including: • Cross-jurisdictional electronic lab reporting and exchange of data from clinical laboratories • eporting of rabies and vaccine- R preventable disease data to CDC • lectronic test order and result E reporting (ETOR) for TB drug susceptibility testing for the National TB Reference Laboratory in California and for CDC’s AR Lab Network • ase notification messaging from C a number of states for syndromic surveillance • Consulting on LIMS acquisition. there is a need to strengthen public health surveillance and provide relevant, timely information back to providers. To be sustainable, AIMS needs a effective strategy. APHL has contracted with Deloitte to design a plan, in collaboration with the association and its partners, to guide the development and direction of the platform. Deloitte will conduct a full-scale analysis of the stakeholders and the marketplace, APHL’s current role and potential future directions. To further this work, APHL and Deloitte held a Greenhouse® Corporate Innovation Lab Experience, which we called the “Chicago Exchange.” This meeting brought together key stakeholders from within the membership and leadership of APHL; partner organizations such as ASTHO, CSTE and NACCHO; federal representatives including key CDC partners from across the agency; representatives from academia; our technical partners and others. Together they took a “deeper dive” into the future of the AIMS platform: its mission and vision, the services it provides and the customers it serves. AIMS offers standards-based messaging services, data translation and transformation services, cloud infrastructure and support services.” Scott Becker, Executive Director, APHL Such collaboration has marked AIMS from its inception as a shared endeavor with CDC. We look forward to continuing our partnership with CDC as we review potential AIMS business models and proceed with other projects under the APHL/CDC Cooperative Agreement. Over the next six months, we will identify the next steps in the evolution of AIMS. n One important project underway is electronic case reporting, which will deliver bidirectional connectivity across all 5,500 hospitals nationwide and their public health partners to support public health surveillance and clinical decision making. With the increasing adoption of electronic health records in clinical care, PublicHealthLabs @APHL APHL.org Summer 2019 LAB MATTERS 3