The UT-NEDSS project is a Utah public health initiative to develop an open source software epidemiologic and disease surveillance system focused on the National Electronic Disease Surveillance System (NEDSS) vision. The Utah Department of Health (UDOH) and Collaborative Software Initiative (CSI), which received a grant from Novell for the project, have created a partnership to develop and implement the UT-NEDSS system. The project began in December 2007 by creating a high-level roadmap, which includes more than 20 releases to be completed in two years. The system will be designed to support Utah state and local public health agency surveillance and epidemiologic needs, including receiving or entering disease reports, conducting case/outbreak investigations, managing cases/outbreaks, analyzing data, reporting to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and so on. The system will be compliant with the Public Health Information Network (PHIN) and the standards of clinical information exchange endorsed by the Utah Community Health Information Exchange (cHIE). The system and database will reside and be maintained on servers managed by the Utah Department of Technology Services on its secure network and will support access by users in health departments across the state.
For information on the community forming around this effort see TriSano.org.