STC Releases a Health Information System to Mitigate the Impact of Perinatal Hepatitis B
Scottsdale, AZ (PRUnderground) February 1st, 2016
Scientific Technologies Corporation (STC), a leading population health informatics company which provides disease surveillance, case management, immunization registries, and vaccine management systems has released a knowledge-based software application to empower the hepatitis clinic care and public health community to support and manage Perinatal Hepatitis B patients.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), hepatitis B is a contagious liver disease that results from infection with the Hepatitis B virus (HBV) and can become an acute or chronic infection. HBV is transmitted when body fluid of an infected individual enters the body of someone not infected such as from mother-to-child at birth. Sadly, the CDC estimates that approximately ninety percent of infected infants develop chronic illness. Chronic HBV can lead to serious health issues such as liver cancer, liver disease, or severe liver scaring (cirrhosis). In the U.S. there are between 700,000 to 1.4 million individuals chronically infected with HBV and over 19,700 new infections a year. Most importantly, HBV is vaccine preventable, requiring administration of the vaccine within twelve hours of birth. However, every year almost 1,000 babies are infected with hepatitis B perinatally.
STC’s Perinatal Hepatitis B application enables the clinical care community and public health to track and manage hepatitis B infected mothers and ensure their infants are given the necessary care to avoid HBV transmission. This tool which supports Immunization Intelligence includes resources for case management of infants and mothers and provides decision support for follow-up activity and immunization forecasting. Noteworthy is that this tool was designed through a five-state public health consortium of hepatitis case managers and immunization registry specialists to ensure universal application and utilization with the ability to interoperate with any immunization information or electronic health record system.
“We possess the tools we need to eliminate HBV in the U.S. and avoid thousands of premature deaths each year” said STC CEO Mike Popovich. He continued “STC values the opportunity to continue to lead and partner with providers and public health to develop critical health information applications like the new Perinatal Hepatitis B system. Information is the key to support the reduction of the number of mother-to-child transmissions each year.” “Our hope is that we can eliminate hepatitis B virus by using information to empower patients and providers. Elimination of hepatitis B is a challenging and achievable goal” concluded Mr. Popovich.
About Scientific Technologies Corporation
STC is widely recognized as a leading public health informatics company in the U.S. We play a key role in protecting the public from diseases. Since 1988 we have leveraged our experience to develop solutions important to addressing and solving critical public health issues. Our staff is committed to improving public health through the applied use of population health data collected through modernized information systems. Our staff offers a unique blend of public health advisors and applied information system developers who come together to create cost effective public health technology solutions.
We greatly value our relationships with our clients — we host numerous public health improvement events every year, including information exchange summits, user meetings, advanced training, and user consortiums that result in the on-going development and enhancement of current products as well as the next generation of products. The events allow our clients to connect with STC subject matter experts and other state health departments to create a consortium that forms best practices and provides innovative solutions to complex problems. The experience of STC combined with the partnership of our clients provides a critical source of public health information, resulting in:
25,000,000 patients in STC immunization registries
250,000,000 records in STC immunization registries
17,000 providers utilizing STC immunization registries
77,000 users of STC immunization registries
736 electronic vendor links to STC immunization registries
93,000 HL7 messages sent per day through one of STC’s state registries.
STC’s goal is to continually show our clients the value of investing in public health information technology through high quality service, innovative software solutions, and population-based outcomes. We achieve this goal by delivering and installing quality products and services in a timely and efficient manner. While we take great pride in delivering quality services, we are driven by the fact that we play a key role in protecting children and adults from disease, ultimately creating healthier populations.
Advancing Population Health Outcomes through Information Technology:
Accurate timely information through registries and integrated medical record systems is key to impacting chronic, infectious, and vaccine-preventable disease. Meaningful Use facilitates health policy to increase the health information exchange of public health records from electronic health record systems in clinics and pharmacies. STC provides technology and electronic medical record exchanges to empower consumers, healthcare providers, pharmacists, public health professionals, and health plans with immunization information and decision support. We reinforce information captured through STC-developed state immunization information systems and STC-supported WIR registries with Immunization Intelligence™.