Journal of Medical Systems

, Volume 29, Issue 4, pp 303–316

Public Health Data Collection and Sharing Using HIPAA Messages


DOI: 10.1007/s10916-005-5890-1

Cite this article as:
Wu, M., Zhao, T. & Wu, C. J Med Syst (2005) 29: 303. doi:10.1007/s10916-005-5890-1


Public health information has significant value for doctors, public health officials, epidemiological researchers, the general public, and government agencies. Unfortunately, these data are difficult to obtain and are typically collected on as-needed basis and maintained locally. This localized process unavoidably limits the access to important public health data by its users. Moreover, the diversity of data transmission standards and collection techniques make the collected data less usable. This paper proposes a new standardized public health information system based on the HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) messages, which are the standard transactions between hospitals and insurance companies. In particular, this paper explores the applicability of HIPAA messages as a data source and transmission standard, and proposes a prototype design of a new system to collect and share public health data using HIPAA messages.

Key words

HIPAA public health data collection system design 

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© Springer Science + Business Media, Inc. 2005

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Health SciencesUniversity of Wisconsin-MilwaukeeMilwaukee
  2. 2.Department of Computer ScienceUniversity of Wisconsin-MilwaukeeWisconsin-Milwaukee
  3. 3.Department of GeographyUniversity of Wisconsin-MilwaukeeWisconsin-Milwaukee

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