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Informatics-Savvy Health Department Resources

Resources for Informatics-Savvy Health Department Self-Assessment Tool

The following resources are offered as suggestions for health departments seeking to improve their informatics capabilities. Some of these resources are specifically highlighted to help address issues related to:
 
An overall vision and strategy for how it uses information and information technology as strategic assets.
A skilled workforce.
Well-designed and effectively used information systems. 
 
We plan on including additional resources, so please check back periodically.
 

Section 1: Vision, Strategy and Governance

Background

Public Health Informatics Institute, Journal of Public Health Management and Practice: Building an Informatics-Savvy Health Department: Part I, Vision and Core Strategies 

Public Health Informatics Institute, Journal of Public Health Management and Practice: Building an Informatics-Savvy Health Department: Part II, Operations and Tactics

Sample strategic plans 

County of Los Angeles Department of Public Health Strategic Plan 2013-2017 includes the “Goal 5.2: Enhance the effectiveness, accessibility, and quality of surveillance systems” section on pages 18-19 and the “Goal 6.2: Maximize administrative efficiencies through effective use of technology” section on page 20.
California Department of Public Health Strategic Plan 2008-2010 includes the “Goal 2: Prepare for, Respond to, and Recover from Emerging Public Health Threats and Emergencies” with related laboratory testing and Strategic National Stockpile informatics objectives section on page 17 and the “Goal 3: Improve Quality and Availability of Data to Inform Public Health Decision -Making” and related objectives section on pages 18-19.
Illinois Department of Public Health 2014-2018 Strategic Plan includes the “Improve Data Utilization and Dissemination” section on pages 21-23.
Washington State Public Health Department Strategic Plan includes the “Health Information Exchange” section on pages 22-23, the “Electronic Laboratory Reporting” section on pages 24-25, and the “Public Health Issues Management System” section on pages 26-27.
A strategic plan for Utah’s Statewide Clinical Health Information Exchange, a project proposal for the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology.

Sample governance process

 

Sample data sharing agreements

Public Health Informatics Institute: Inter-jurisdictional Health Information Exchange
Association of State and Territorial Health Officials: Data Sharing with Covered Entities Under the HIPAA Privacy Rule

Resources for privacy, confidentiality and security

Public Health Data Standards Consortium: Privacy and Security Standards
National Association of County and City Health Officials: Statement of Policy on Health Information Technology Privacy and Security

Resources for chief informatics officers

Resources  for community partners

Section 2: Skilled Workforce

Resources for workforce competencies

California Department of Public Health: Informatics Workforce Development and Training

Association of State and Territorial Health Officials: Competencies for Public Health Informaticians 2009

National Association of County and City Health Officials: Statement of Policy for ePublic Health Workforce

Sample workforce classifications

Public Health Informatics Institute: Workforce Position Classifications and Descriptions

Resources for training and continuing education

The Information Association for the Information Age: Public Health Informatics: An Invitation to the Field

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Informatics Training in Place Program (I-TIPP)

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Public Health Informatics Fellowship Program (PHFP)

Public Health Data Standards Consortium: Health IT Standards and Systems Interoperability Course

Resources for informatics professional courses

Association of Schools & Programs of Public Health: Resources for Biostatistics and Informatics academic programs and sample course descriptions

Section 3: Effectively Used and Well-designed Systems

Resources for system development lifecycle

National Institute of Standards and Technology: Software Development Lifecycle (SDLC)

PATH: Planning an Information Systems Project: A Toolkit for Public Health Managers

Resources for effective informatics projects

Public Health Informatics Academy: Critical Success Factors for Informatis Projects course

Resources for system and business requirements

Public Health Informatics Institute: Requirements Laboratory

Enfocus Solutions: Business, User and System Requirements

Resources for project management

State of California, Office of Systems Integration: Project Lifecycle Framework

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Unified Process Project Management Guide (PMG)

Resources for standards vocabulary

Public Health Data Standards Consortium: Standards Development

National Institute of Standards and Technology: NIST.org

Resources for information systems usability

Minnesota Department of Public Health

Resources for data analytic tools

Partners in Information Access for the Public Health Workforce: Health Data Tools and Statistics

Resources  for health information exchange

Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society: Public Health and HIE Toolkit

National Association of County and City Health Officials: Statement of Policy: Electronic Health Records, Health Information Exchange, and Interoperability for Local Health Departments

Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology: HIE Bright Spots

Orion Health Rhapsody Integration Engine: Migrate with Confidence and Leveraging Integrations Engines

HLN Consulting: IIS and HIE: Web Service Strategies

Resources for master provider index

Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology: Provider Directory Solutions: Market Assessment and Opportunities Analysis