Making Sure It's Right and Good: Governing the Reportable Conditions Knowledge Management System

Tuesday, June 24, 2014: 1:00 PM
Ryman I, Renaissance Hotel
Rita Altamore , Washington State Department of Health, Tumwater, WA

Brief Summary
The reportable conditions system is a cornerstone of public health surveillance.  Accurate, timely and complete reporting of reportable conditions depends on reporters having correct and current information about the “who, what, when, where, and how” of reporting.  Automated detection and electronic reporting depends on having this information available in machine-processable form.  Currently, this information is fragmented and difficult even for humans to use; it is rarely presented in a  manner suitable for machine processing.  At its conclusion in 2012, the CDC/CSTE ELR Task Force prioritized collaborative development of the Reportable Conditions Knowledge Management System (RCKMS) as a next step to strengthen disease surveillance in the United States.  The RCKMS under development is a single, comprehensive, authoritative, real-time portal to reportable conditions information.  RCKMS is not a monolith, but rather a federation of knowledge resources that appears to a human user or to an information system user to be a single entity.   This roundtable is designed as an extension of the RCKMS presentation, and provides an opportunity for participants to grapple with some of the governance issues described in that session.  Real-life scenarios will be presented, and attendees will be asked to help provide guidance.  Examples of the types of issues under consideration include:

  • Defining the appropriate boundaries for RCKMS content, in the first release and beyond
  • Distinguishing between questions of fact/science and questions of policy/practice
  • Identifying the impact of RCKMS on the CSTE position statement process, and on the content of position statements
  • Ensuring that all stakeholder voices are heard
  • Identifying the most appropriate decision-making policies and procedures
  • Supporting ongoing maintenance.
RCKMS will change reportable conditions reporting in the US, and the responsibilities and activities of CSTE.  We welcome to the table anyone who would like to participate in shaping this important new resource.