Rhapsody Health Solutions Team

How Iowa Department of Public Health uses Rhapsody

October 1, 2022

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Configuration and Environment  

Public Health Agency  


Public Health Lab  


Electronic Lab Reporting (ELR) 

In-bound ELR to determine jurisdiction (either Iowa or another jurisdiction) and re-routing, if appropriate. Working with several states to promote this “ELR Redirect” as a national project.  

Receive and route in-bound ELR for disease surveillance. Rhapsody routes messages to 6 different destinations (both test and production).  

ELR interface to Iowa Department of Public Health.  

CDC Reporting and PHINMS  

Public Health Agency  

Use Rhapsody to send outbound messages of 2 types:  

‒ Send “Case Notification” messages to the CDC.  

‒ Send “ELR Redirect” to other state public health jurisdictions.  

Public Health Lab  

CDC Influenza Branch – PHLIP Influenza Interface (Rhapsody used to emulate PHINMS).  

Hospital Interfaces  

‒ Ordering/Resulting (22 facilities).  

‒ 1 Resulting only (4 facilities). 

For further reading 

CyncHealth, the statewide health information exchange (HIE) for Nebraska and Iowa, as well as the prescription drug monitoring program (PDMP) for Nebraska, also relies on solutions from the Rhapsody Interoperability Suite. See how CyncHealth uses the Rhapsody EMPI to help power its mission to transform healthcare through community collaboration while protecting the security and privacy of medical information. 

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