Public Health Informatics and the Health Information Infrastructure
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What are the three core functions of public health, and how do they help shape the different foci of public health and medicine?
What are the current and potential effects of a) the genomics revolution; and b) 9/11 on public health informatics?
What were the political, organizational, epidemiological, and technical issues that influenced the development of immunization registries? How do registries promote public health, and how can this model be expanded to other domains (be specific about those domains) ? How might it fail in others?Why?
What is the vision and purpose of the National Health Information Infrastructure? What kinds of impacts will it have, and in what time periods? Why don’t we have one already? What are the political and technical barriers to its implementation? What are the characteristics of any evaluation process that would be used to judge demonstration projects?
KeywordsImmunization Registry Health Information Technology Health Information Exchange Electronic Health Record System Local Public Health Agency
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (1997). Community Immunization Registries Manual. Available at http://www.cdc.gov/nip/registry/cir-manual.htm. While some of the particulars are a little dated, this accessible document shows how public health professionals approach informatics problems.
- Yasnoff WA,Humphreys BL, Overhage JM, Detmer DE, Brenman PF, Morris RW, Middleton B, Bates DW, Fanning JP: A Consensus Action Agenda for Achieving the National Health Information Infrastructure. J Am Med Informatics Assoc 11(4)332–338. Summarizes the results of a recent conference; presents a broad overview and many forward-looking perspectives.Google Scholar
- O'Carroll PW, Yasnoff WA, Ward ME, Ripp LH, Martin EL (eds.) (2003): Public Health Informatics and Information Systems. New York: Springer-Verlag. A new and comprehensive textbook.Google Scholar
- Walker J, Pan E, Johnston D, Adler-Milstein J, Bates DW, Middleton B. (2004). The Value of Healthcare information Exchange and Interoperability. Boston, MA: Center for Information Technology Leadership.Google Scholar
- Yasnoff WA, O'Carroll PW, Koo D, Linkins RW, Kilbourne EM (2000). Public Health Informatics: Improving and transforming public health in the information age. Journal of Public Health Management &Practice 6(6):67–75. A concise yet comprehensive introduction to the field.Google Scholar