The Public Health Information Management System (PHIMS). KFL&A Public Health conducts public health surveillance to guide the local development of public health programs and assist with timely response to public health events. Geographic Information System (GIS) applications are an important tool for public health surveillance.  GIS technology provides visual tools through interactive maps, graphs, and tables of geographic data to assist with problem solving and inform decision-making. In 2011, the KFL&A Public Health Informatics Team created the Public Health Information Management System (PHIMS) to display environmental health and emergency preparedness information on a single map. It is used by local public health agencies and emergency management staff to enable real-time situational awareness to help protect the health of the population.

PHIMS enables visualization and spatial analysis of environmental data with underlying population based indicators. It contains layers of environmental information across Ontario where users can view maps demonstrating environmental or demographic data . This is useful for identifying the location of potential health threats/events and then identifying the areas with the most at-risk or vulnerable populations. By displaying real-time data from multiple partners through the PHIMS system, public health events can be identified earlier to better prevent, prepare for, and respond to emergencies.

NOTE: Access to PHIMS requires a current account. To register for an account, users must be currently employed with a municipal, provincial, or federal government agency, or with another recognized eligible agency (e.g., university, college).

For more information, see:

PHIMS Briefing Note (2015)
PHIMS Brochure
Introduction to PHIMS  (presentation for the Association of Public Health Epidemiologists in Ontario, 2015)