Lab Information Systems at CDC
On Tuesday Dr. John Nkengasong from the CDC gave an overview of the activities of the International Laboratory Branch of the Global AIDS Program in the Centers for Disease Control. The video is here.
Dr. Nkengasong is the CDC representative for one of the class projects focused on lab information systems. Students who choose this project will work with Drs. Nkengasong and Vempala, as well as student Ruban Monu to conceptualize and develop an automated system to track and manage all specimens collected and overseen by CDC testing labs in 70 countries worldwide (over 1500 labs).
Currently used is a paper monitoring system, the inherent inefficiencies of which frequently result in mismatched or delayed test results. The system would improve accuracy, speed of assistance and increase the number of specimens able to be handled.