What is CHARM?
Child Health Advanced Records Management, CHARM, is part
of the Utah Department of Health's (UDOH)
data integration effort. It links child health information
from several programs which currently include: Vital
Records (Birth and Death Certificates) ,
USIIS (Utah's Immunization
Hearing Screening and Baby
Watch / Early Intervention.
Future developments will include the Newborn
Screening (heelstick) program and the Birth
Defects Network. CHARM provides
access to information that is stored in specific program databases
to track and monitor child health status, such as screening results,
immunization status, referrals, assessment, treatment
and outcomes for children and their families.
CHARM acts as an electronic broker (middle-ware); It does not replace
existing UDOH databases. The participating programs
are fitted with their own front-end "agent" that
plugs in to the CHARM infrastructure. CHARM is taking a modular
approach to integrating systems, beginning with a core of programs
and leveraging funding and incremental successes to achieve a
long-term vision for a statewide integrated system.
The management approach of CHARM has resulted in a tightly integrated
plan with a high degree of accountability. Due to its complex nature,
CHARM was organized into three phases: Needs
health-care providers and programs can be alerted about
medical needs and assist in the provision of appropriate
follow-up and treatment in a timelier manner
than ever before. read more