Public Health Interoperability 

Public Health Interoperability  Solutions

Connecting Health Information for Better Outcomes

Altarum has been helping public health programs integrate data for nearly 20 years. We understand the complexities of incorporating patient information from multiple sources while providing the tools and functionality to conduct data analysis and care coordination. We have hands-on experience developing Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR) solutions, collaborating with major electronic health record (EHR) vendors, and working closely with interoperability standards organizations.

Achieving seamless interoperability is key to improving the public health infrastructure and each organization faces unique challenges. Regardless of where you are on the interoperability spectrum—just beginning the journey or seeking to refine existing processes—Altarum can provide services and support.

Our Services Include:

HL7 Standards Development

Through the HL7 standards organization our subject matter experts and information scientists work together with IT implementers and public health programs to create standards to make the exchange of data possible between public health registries and healthcare settings.  We are well versed in the creation of HL7 version 2, C-CDAs and FHIR specifications.

Readiness Assessments and Roadmap Development

We conduct thorough “as-is” assessments, documenting existing workflows, IT infrastructure, staff skills, privacy, security and data governance protocols and develop a tailored Interoperability Roadmap to pave the way to meet your organizations’ interoperability goals.

Implementation and Integration

We have decades of boots-on-the- ground experience implementing interoperability roadmaps. Agile scrum methodologies enable our team to efficiently set up and configure environments to receive, transform, and translate multiple message and document types for all public health domains—from vital records to cancer surveillance to newborn screening.

We have deep expertise with integration engines (Rhapsody, Mirth) and build custom tools for data validation and integrity. Our SMART-on-FHIR apps to ease the provider burden in reporting to public health.

Onboarding and Knowledge Transfer

Our interoperability analysts provide front-line technical assistance, coordinating efforts to recruit and communicate with hospitals, laboratories and other potential submitters and monitoring those in production. Our onboarding services include:

  • Connectivity testing
  • Message/file format testing
  • Data quality assurance testing

Beyond providing onboarding support, we train and provide knowledge transfer sessions with public health surveillance and informatics teams to ensure public health programs are self-reliant and prepared for potential influxes of data.

Public Health Interoperability  Publications

Featured Work

Below are examples of our interoperability work. In addition to creating applications that support information exchange for disease surveillance and care coordination, we also led the development of a national standard for electronic birth defect reporting and provided end-to-end support for the exchange and processing of cancer case C-CDAs and laboratory pathology V2 HL7 messages.

News and Perspectives

Altarum to Present at CSTE 2021 Annual Conference

Experts from Altarum's Center for Public Health Interoperability will present at the 2021 Annual Conference of CSTE, the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists.

June 08, 2021

HRSA Selects Altarum to Lead Innovations in Newborn Screening Interoperability Resource Center 

Altarum has been selected by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) to lead the Innovations in Newborn Screening Interoperability Resource Center, a $3.8 million initiative over three years.  

August 12, 2020

The Vaccine Distribution Effort Is More than a Solution to Covid-19—It’s also a Chance to Solve Broader Health System Challenges 

Last week health care workers and long-term care residents began receiving the Covid-19 vaccine. Within months, the vaccine will reach nearly every jurisdiction in the country. It’s a historic public health mobilization, but also a rare opportunity to strengthen our health infrastructure.

December 22, 2020

Public Health Interoperability  Contact

Contact Us

Laura Rappleye

Laura Rappleye

Director, Public Health Interoperability

Areas of Expertise
  • Interoperability Standards Development
  • Public Health and Clinical Integration
  • Health Information Exchange

Laura Rappleye has 20 years of experience planning and implementing health IT solutions in public health and clinical care settings. She specializes in advancing population health through integrating clinical and public health data sets. Laura has led the creation of standardized implementation guides and automated data quality assurance and validation tools for the state of Michigan. Laura serves as a co-chair for the Health Level Seven (HL7) Public Health Work Group.

Jim Kamp

Jim Kamp  - MBA, MA

Deputy Director, Public Health Interoperability

Areas of Expertise
  • Public Health Interoperability
  • Health IT Project Management
  • Stakeholder Engagement and Outreach

Jim Kamp has more than 30 years of combined experience in IT program management, including for government health care agencies. He leads projects for the Vital Records and Health Statistics Division of the state of Michigan to improve electronic birth reporting and for Washington state to improve ELR processing of Covid-19 data. He builds partnerships needed to advance interoperability at all levels of government and serves in leadership roles in the Michigan and Midwest chapters of HIMSS. Jim holds an MBA from the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan.