Public Health Informatics

Current Projects

COSRI - WA DOH Support Act Opioids

2019 - Present
COSRI is an Integrated application for accessing PMP. It provides decision support based on WA rules and CDC guidelines, and decreases overhead and cost barriers associated with vendor-based EHR-integrated applications. It is open source, with no license fees to use. COSRI extends and contextualizes software from CDSConnect project, led by AHRQ and CDC. Overarching funding to improve PMP usage comes from the CMS Support ACT through the Washington Healthcare Authority. Project in partnership with Washington State Department of Health.

StayHome - A Coronavirus Symptom Tracking Application

2020 - Present
StayHome is a mobile app that supports for people who want to find reliable information and resources, track symptoms and temperature, and record COVID-19 testing and results, and who may choose to share that information with public health agencies. You can create an account to start self-tracking. You can access resources about COVID-19 even if you don’t have an account. You can learn more about the app and its features at New features and content are being added as we continue to make StayHome a go-to resource you can count on.

Interoperability for Public Health

2006 - Present
Since 2006, we have developed public health interoperability software to demonstrate use cases in surveillance and case reporting. We develop using standards based profiles (, and test our work with commercial vendor systems. Then, on behalf of CDC and Washington Department of Health, we demonstrate novel data integration examples at conferences such as HIMSS, CDC PHIC, CSTE, and ISDS, showing how informatics supports the essential services of public health.

Past Projects

Gossamer Health

2011 - 2017
Open Source surveillance system used to implement a “cloud” version of the Distribute surveillance system. It is an open source information system for collecting and organizing syndromic surveillance data, and other health indicator data, for a population.


20XX - 20XX
A voluntary data sharing surveillance project based on Gossamer Health software. The PHENIX Guild is a group of surveillance experts in public health practice and academia exploring voluntary sharing of anonymous, summarized population health data to support ongoing and ad-hoc cross-jurisdicational awareness of health trends. The PHENIX Guild are the keepers of the PHENIX project, implementing access to contributed data based on an open source, open access system.

Syndromic Surveillance Information Collection - King County

2001 - 2004
Visit level data on patients presenting with influenza-like illnesses or other syndromes, which may be related to bioterrorism agents, is collected from three emergency departments and nine primary care clinics. Epidemiologists at Public Health - Seattle & King County analyze the data for variances in patterns of diagnoses, volume, etc., as part of the county wide real-time disease surveillance system.
Funded under sub-contracts through CDC BT Preparedness grants to Public Health - Seattle & King County and the Washington State Department of Public Health.

Syndromic Surveillance Information Collection - Peninsula

2002 - 2004
University of Washington, Clinical Informatics Research Group assisted the syndromic surveillance project at Bremerton and Kitsap County in developing reliable, secure systems of electronic communication between participating hospital emergency departments and Public Health.
Funding from the Washington State Department of Health

Denver Public Health Communicable Disease Data Collection

Faculty and staff of the UW Clinical Informatics Research Group have developed a web-based case reporting system that allows public health practitioners to use wireless PDAs to enter cases directly into the Colorado State Communicable Disease Reporting System (CEDRS).
Funded by Denver Public Health.

Health Disaster Informatics - National Pharmaceutical Stockpile (NPS)

2001 - 2002
Use of Java (J2ME) mobile-phones to track patients in a NPS simulation. A pilot project tracking subjects through a National Pharmaceutical Stockpile (NPS) distribution drill Using XML Data Collection on Wireless Java Phones. The drill took place in Seattle on 1/24/2002. Washington and the State Department of Health are among the first in the nation to stage a NPS drill. The goal was to use informatics approaches to monitor subject numbers and elapsed time in the distribution of medications to mock patients, thereby testing the treatment capacity of the plan given a post-anthrax exposure scenario. This study compares accuracy of time measurements using a mobile phone Java application to traditional paper recording in a live drill of the NPS.
Funded through the School of Nursing - Dean's "Excellence in Nursing" Award, Randal Beaton - PI CDC Preparedness Center, Jim Gale - PI University Initiative Fund of the UW, Ira Kalet - PI