The Client

The START Information Reporting System (SIRS) is a national database that provides data collection and reporting for the Center for START (Systemic, Therapeutic, Assessment, Resources, and Treatment) Services at the Institute on Disability at the University of New Hampshire. START works to support individuals with intellectual/developmental disabilities and mental health needs. SIRS helps document the benefits and outcomes of the START model by providing data collection and analysis.

My Role

My role in this project was the lead designer and developer for SIRS. SIRS captures de-identified health information on individuals enrolled in the START program and provides individual management and detailed reporting. The data collected by SIRS is invaluable in assessing the effectiveness and efficiency of START services. Collected data is also used in research and to provide service use to federal agencies.
Towards this end, I designed SIRS per the client’s specifications, including front-end and database definitions, with a focus on flexibility. The client had a critical deadline of two months which was met on time and on budget. I continued to work with the client to modify and enhance the system through quarterly code releases. I also created technical documentation to define custom HL7 messages in order to facilitate the transfer of SIRS data from external vendor’s electronic health records.


  • Individual information and time tracking
  • Individual assessments and evaluations
  • Individual intake form
  • Reporting functionality


The following technologies were used in this project:

  • Apache
  • Git
  • HL7
  • JavaScript/jQuery
  • Linux
  • Oracle
  • Perl
  • SQL

Further information on the Center for START Services can be found here: