Health Surveillance Data Management Electronic health surveillance records managed for DOE and other government agencies

Precise and easily searchable health and medical records data are vital for the analysis of occupational health issues and the management of medical screening programs.

The Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education meets these needs by working with partners to develop and manage electronic medical recordkeeping for health surveillance programs for the U.S. Department of Energy and other government agencies.

With its decades of experience in health studies and managing government data systems, ORISE is highly qualified to provide health surveillance data management and information technology services to government agencies.

ORISE medical data management capabilities include:

  • Implementation of automated systems. This capability includes helping agencies understand system requirements and the process changes that are needed to meet those requirements.
  • Systems design. ORISE’s medical, epidemiologic and information technology experts customize and support medical data systems, and develop national partnerships.
  • Security and privacy protection. Since its inception, ORISE has collected, processed and protected privacy act data, health information (PHI) and personally identifiable information (PII) without compromise.

ORISE contributed to the development of electronic medical recordkeeping software that is utilized for active workers and in a nationwide medical screening program for former DOE workers. The web-based application provides data management, real-time reporting and integrated decision support for occupational health processes. Also, the software allows collaboration by occupational medicine professionals across the country.

ORISE provides medical screening and tests related to beryllium exposure to former employees of closed DOE beryllium vendor companies. ORISE administers a brief health questionnaire and blood test known as the Beryllium Lymphocyte Proliferation Test (BeLPT) to determine if a worker has been sensitized or s/he needs to be evaluated further for chronic beryllium disease (CBD). If the worker has at least one abnormal BeLPT, s/he is referred for further evaluation through the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program, administered by the U.S. Department of Labor.