INFOSHARE - An Information Sharing Tool for Public Health During the 2009 Presidential Inauguration and H1N1 Outbreak

Wayne Loschen, Richard Seagraves, Rekha Holtry, Lang Hung, Joseph Lombardo, Sheri Lewis


The 2009 Inauguration and H1N1 outbreak called for real-time electronic information-sharing and surveillance across multiple jurisdictions to better understand the health of migrating populations. The InfoShare web application proved to be an efficient tool for users to share disease surveillance information. During both high profile events, public health users shared information within a secure access-controlled website across regions in the U.S. and among agencies. Due to its flexible design, InfoShare was quickly modified from its 2009 Inauguration interface to an interface that supports H1N1 surveillance. Through discussions and post-use surveys, a majority of InfoShare users revealed that the tool had provided a valuable and needed function. InfoShare allowed individual jurisdictions to receive timely and useful information, which, when merged with neighboring jurisdictions, significantly enhanced situational awareness for better decision-making and improved public health outcomes.

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Online Journal of Public Health Informatics * ISSN 1947-2579 *