IT wins award for information integration system for infectious ailments

August 19, 2021

HHSC Information Technology recently won two awards from the Texas Association of State Systems for Computing and Communications and was honored at the association’s annual conference.

The TASSCC Awards recognize outstanding achievements by employees and teams who work diligently to improve systems and processes in the Texas government and higher education.

HHSC Portfolio Project Manager Bryan Standley won the Rising Star Award, and Infectious Disease Data Integration IT System (IDDI) won the Project Excellence Award for data sharing and management.

The IT strategy team has gone to great lengths to develop IDDI, which automates the process of collecting and adjusting COVID-19-related data from various sources and generating the reports and dashboards necessary to support the state’s pandemic response.

“The agency has long wanted a system like this because a lot of things were done manually,” said Wayne Vore, chief technology officer. “There was a need to provide data to the people in the organization who needed it quickly. It took around seven months from conception to production. It wasn’t easy to create, but it fulfills a huge need and our team was able to get it done quickly. “

IDDI’s goals are to build trust in infectious disease data, facilitate reporting, and establish data management across the Texas Department of Health. The team hopes it can serve as a basis for future infectious disease reporting and analysis.

“The IDDI toolset is state-of-the-art and enables analysis of large databases while providing a variety of ways to visualize and display the results,” said Monica Gamez, deputy deputy commissioner for the Infectious Disease Laboratory and Services.

TASSCC was founded to promote the effective use of computing and communication resources in state agencies and public colleges in Texas, and to promote communication and collaboration between state agencies.

To learn more about TASSCC, visit the TASSCC website.

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