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Am J Public Health. 2011 Apr;101(4):616-23. doi: 10.2105/AJPH.2008.158980. Epub 2011 Feb 17.

Using health information exchange to improve public health.

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Department of Emergency Medicine, Mount Sinai Medical Center, New York, NY 10029, USA. jason.shapiro@mssm.edu

Abstract

Public health relies on data reported by health care partners, and information technology makes such reporting easier than ever. However, data are often structured according to a variety of different terminologies and formats, making data interfaces complex and costly. As one strategy to address these challenges, health information organizations (HIOs) have been established to allow secure, integrated sharing of clinical information among numerous stakeholders, including clinical partners and public health, through health information exchange (HIE). We give detailed descriptions of 11 typical cases in which HIOs can be used for public health purposes. We believe that HIOs, and HIE in general, can improve the efficiency and quality of public health reporting, facilitate public health investigation, improve emergency response, and enable public health to communicate information to the clinical community.

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21330598
PMCID:
PMC3052326
DOI:
10.2105/AJPH.2008.158980
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