Your Data and Your Story!

Funding and policy decisions are based on the timely and accurate reporting of data to the HIV/AIDS Prevention and Care Division.

Your Data

In an effort to collect timely and accurate HIV/AIDS reporting in Alabama, the HIV/AIDS Data Branch will be implementing the following quality improvements:

  • establish additional required fields for data reporting within the HADIS
  • establish additional required variables to ensure accurate data submission within the HADIS
  • establish monthly monitoring of data submission
  • establish monthly data compliance reports for collaborative providers
  • establish monthly follow up with collaborative partners not in compliance
  • provide statewide CDC and ADPH data quality aggregate reports
  • provide individual/agency training for collaborative providers

Alabama Data Reports

Your Story

The name of the data book for Alabama is HIV Testing Data Quality Assurance Report (2016). This book tells the story of collaborative partners that report missing data to the HIV/AIDS Data Branch. In 2016, the story in Alabama was startling; some of the missing data included the following:

  • DEMOGRAPHIC - Race: 18% of data submission was Not Asked

  • PRE-TEST INFORMATION - Self-Reported Previous HIV test: 15% of the data submission was reported as Not Asked and 29.9% of the data submission was reported as Don't Know

  • AMONG HIV-POSITIVE TEST EVENTS ONLY - Did the client attend the first appointment? (regardless of referral status): 16% of the data submission was reported as No Data Reported; Did client attend 1st medical appointment within 90 days of the HIV test? (regardless of referral status or attendance at 1st appointment): 21% of the data submission was reported as No Data Reported; Was the client referred to HIV prevention services? 18% of the data submission was reported as No Data Reported; Prior to testing positive during this testing event, was client previously reported to surveillance as being HIV-positive? 19% of the data submission was reported as Not Checked; Client's most severe housing status in the last 12 months: 98% of the data submission was reported as Not Asked

  • AMONG PREVIOUS HIV-POSITIVE TEST EVENTS ONLY - Did the client attend the first appointment? (regardless of referral status): 19% of the data submission was reported as No Data Reported; Did client attend 1st medical appointment within 90 days of the HIV test? (regardless of referral status or attendance at 1st appointment): 25% of the data submission was reported as No Data Reported

  • AMONG NEW HIV-POSITIVE TEST EVENTS ONLY - Did the client attend the first appointment? (regardless of referral status): 14% of the data submission was reported as No Data Reported; Did client attend 1st medical appointment within 90 days of the HIV test? (regardless of referral status or attendance at 1st appointment): 19% of the data submission was reported as No Data Reported

In addition, the data below reflects the total number of data submission errors reported to HADIS from system users.

Total discrepencies within the submission file for January 1, 2016 through December 31, 2016 were 6,330 warnings.

To ensure Alabama continues to receive level funding for statewide HIV/AIDS services, your data submissions must be timely and accurate. Your Data.Your Story is the only way this can be achieved.





Page last updated: July 7, 2017