The Public Health Nursing Department promotes the well being of the community and
prevents disease, disability and premature death. Public health nurses (PHNs) make
home visits to families with communicable diseases, emphasize nutrition, disease
prevention and health; and improves the quality of neighborhood life by working
in partnership with community.
• Inefficiency- The PHNs handle multiple paper based forms Redundancy- Multiple copies
of information exist
• Errors- Use of multiple paper-forms increases the chances of errors
• Tracking- Interventions provided to the community has to be tracked by index case,
family and household which is difficult using current paper-based forms
• Workflow Management- Supervisors cannot review and allocate work due to absence
of review mechanism
• Data Collation- Difficult to organize and collate data for reporting to County,
State, Federal agencies
• Data Evaluation- Paper forms do not provide for an easy or quick way to analyze
& interpret data and identify trends
• Data Sharing- Cannot share data with other County programs providing complimentary
CAL2CAL developed a browser-based “open” Case Management System. This system has
the ability to track multiple interventions given over a period of time by index
case, family and household. It provides a powerful and secure departmental work-flow,
assignment/ task management and reporting tool with intuitive interface design that
minimizes training and transition costs. The system allows for various levels of
user permissions and tailored views and reports. The “open” architecture allows
the system to communicate with other Public Health initiatives under development
at the client. A planned field unit extension will allow deployment on appropriate
mobile devices for data access in the field.
Browser based user interface and business logic built using Visual Studio .NET.
Data store has been deployed on SQL Server 2000. The solution is hosted on IIS 5.0
on Windows 2000 with .NET Framework.
Increased productivity by eliminating redundant paperwork; Ability to lookup past
information and identify prior interventions to reduce duplicate data entry; Efficient
allocation of cases within PHNs; Reduction in errors due to validation and assisted
data entry; Reduction in data entry due to intelligent data management; Ability
to centralize data and manage individual caseloads; identification of trends and
statistical analyses within a population group; Integration with Public Health Information
Network initiatives; Computation of Acuity levels.