New Technology Overtakes a Project to Disseminate Information about HIV/AIDS

HIV/AIDS service provider information network

A 1992–1995 collaborative effort in Boston to expand and update a system to use electronic technology with the HIV/AIDS community became mired in internal difficulties and was terminated early.

The Boston AIDS Consortium (comprised of 460 local organizations working on HIV/AIDS concerns) and the Harvard University School of Public Health joined to demonstrate the use of electronic information technology to the HIV/AIDS community in a project entitled Service Provider Information Network (SPIN).

However, serious difficulties arose in the project, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) terminated the project in February 1995—halfway into the implementation grant period.

Key Results

  • RWJF cited the following reasons for termination:

    • Key personnel left the project.
    • The project did not show progress in meeting its timetable and objectives.
    • The project showed no sustainability plan nor sources of support to continue.
    • Unanswered concerns remained as to how useful the completed system would be to its potential users and supporters.