Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Public Health Information Network Messaging System (PHINMS)
The Public Health Information Network Messaging System (PHINMS) provides a secure and reliable messaging system for the Public Health Information Network. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) say that there are currently multiple systems in place that support communications for public health labs, the clinical community, and state and local health departments. However, many of these systems operate in isolation, not capitalizing on the potential for a cross-fertilization of data exchange. A crosscutting and unifying framework is needed to better monitor these data streams for early detection of public health issues and emergencies. To meet these requirements, the Public Health Information Network will enable a consistent exchange of response, health, and disease tracking data between public health partners. Ensuring the security of this information is also critical as is the ability of the network to work reliably in times of national crisis.
Developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, PHINMS uses the ebXML infrastructure to securely transmit public health information over the Internet. PHINMS is a generic, standards-based, interoperable and extensible message transport system. It is platform independent and loosely coupled with systems that produce outgoing messages or consume incoming messages. In October 2003 it was in production in 30 locations.
The attached case study was written by Alan Kotok.