Who's Using ESP


ESP has been fully implemented in Massachusetts. To date, automated reporting of notifiable diseases occurs from 4 clinical partners via ESP to MAVEN, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health's (MDPH) web-based integrated surveillance and case management system. Longitudinal reporting for chronic Hepatitis C, HIV, and Tuberculosis is currently in development, enabling MDPH to monitor the continuum of care of individuals with these infections. Atrius Health, Cambridge Health Alliance, Planned Parenthood of Massachusetts, and Fenway Health participate in notifiable disease case reporting.  

Massachusetts has also implemented aggregate-level querying and reporting capabilities (MDPHnet) at 3 clinical partners which collectively provide care for >20% of the state population. Our partners in MDPHnet are Atrius Health, Cambridge Health Alliance, and the Massachusetts League of Community Health Centers.


MDPHnet activities are governed by an advisory panel responsible for overseeing all aspects of the network. The panel meets semi-monthly and includes representatives from each partner institution, the coordinating center (the Department of Population Medicine at Harvard Medical School and Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Institute), MDPH and Commonwealth Informatics. The Advisory Panel defines the purpose and scope of the network, sets the rules for engagement between participants, works to secure funding, and facilitates communication between partners. 

Past and current activities of MDPHnet include:  

  • Surveillance of chronic conditions such as asthma, obesity, hypertension, etc.
  • Identifying patients with chlamydia, and gonorrhea who have not received recommended treatments or follow-up testing per CDC guidelines
  • Identifying patients with high dose opioid prescriptions for targeted management
  • Providing data for Community Health Needs Assessments 
  • Evaluating the impact of public health programs to address chronic conditions in targeted communities 
  • Evaluating the impact of public service announcements on diabetes
  • Surveillance of influenza-like illness for CDC's ILInet system

Please see our Publications and Presentations page for more information. 

RiskScape, a web-based data visualization tool, was developed for the Massachusetts Department of Public Health using data from MDPHnet partners. Users utilize RiskScape to explore health conditions of interest by variables such as gender, age, race, city/town, and other co-morbidities.




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