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APHL Informatics Messaging Services (AIMS)

model Collaborative Organizational Development
service type Health
country United States
states AK, AL, AR, AZ, CA, CO, CT, DE, FL, GA, HI, IA, ID, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, MS, MT, NC, ND, NE, NH, NJ, NM, NV, NY, OH, OK, OR, PA, RI, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VA, VT, WA, WI, WV, WY, AS, DC, GU, MP, PR, VI
government type state
license unknown


APHL describes AIMS as:

AIMS is a secure, cloud based platform that accelerates the implementation of health messaging by providing shared services to aid in the visualization, interoperability, security and hosting of electronic data. […] Our trading partners include federal agencies, the United States Uniformed Services, regional commercial laboratories and hospitals, State Health Information Exchanges and 50 state public health jurisdictions.

Association of Public Health Laboratories (APHL) describes themselves as follows:

The Association of Public Health Laboratories (APHL) works to strengthen laboratory systems serving the public’s health in the United States and globally.

APHL represents state and local governmental health laboratories in the United States. Its members, known as “public health laboratories,” monitor, detect and respond to health threats. While members may be public health labs, APHL software may connect to or serve public or private healthcare providers or labs. APHL controls software governance and pricing. APHL is funded by the CDC, and entities that conect to or use AIMS may also pay license or usage fees.

Enabling Data Exchange

“AIMS Platform securely transports millions of messages on a monthly basis. Examples of data currently exchanged through AIMS include:

  • Aggregated Influenza test result data from public health laboratories to CDC
  • Vaccine-preventable disease reports from testing centers of excellence to CDC
  • Biological threat data from laboratories within the Laboratory Response Network to CDC
  • Immunization data exchange among several public health jurisdictions
  • Electronic laboratory reporting (ELR) between eligible hospitals and their respective jurisdictions
  • National Quest ELR data to all jurisdictions
  • Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) through the Advanced Molecular Detection (AMD) program
  • Electronic Case Reporting (eCR) between providers and jurisdictions across the US”