Open Source Public Health Software through Lean Methods

Collaborative Software Initiative

The link above is a project that might be interesting to those of you working in “Lean Software”… or those who afraid of problems in our collective ability to track the spread of infectious diseases.

From their press release:

Collaborative Software Initiative (CSI), the company that brings like-minded organizations together to work on collaborative software at a fraction of the cost, today announced the release of the first open source, web-based infectious disease reporting and management system.

The system is being built with Lean methods:

When deployed, UT-NEDSS project will directly contribute to the prevention of sickness and death by effectively collecting, identifying, tracking and trending information gathered about infectious diseases and bioterrorism attacks. Additionally, this unique partnership is providing lessons for public health informatics on:

I think we can all hope that systems like this can lead to better public health.

“We are excited by the promise that this collaborative approach offers to our state,” said Dr. Robert Rolfs, MD, State Epidemiologist, State of Utah Department of Health. “This system meets our needs by making it easy for our doctors and nurses across a variety of counties to better protect people’s health by detecting and preventing disease.”


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Mark Graban's passion is creating a better, safer, more cost effective healthcare system for patients and better workplaces for all. Mark is a consultant, author, and speaker in the "Lean healthcare" methodology. He is author of the Shingo Award-winning books Lean Hospitals and Healthcare Kaizen, as well as The Executive Guide to Healthcare Kaizen. His most recent project is an eBook titled Practicing Lean that benefits the Louise H. Batz Patient Safety Foundation, where Mark is a board member. Mark is also the VP of Improvement & Innovation Services for the technology company KaiNexus.

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  1. I like the idea of building an “open source community” when it comes to public health. It makes sense to have collaboration for public health systems in order to allow multiple voices.

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