Public Health Informatics 2023: Alternative Scenarios
January 21, 2015
Planning and development
Public Health Informatics 2023: Alternative Scenarios was created to consider the range of forces, challenges, and opportunities shaping public health informatics in the United States, so that leaders and practitioners can make strategic decisions that more effectively take the future into account. Public health informatics, like health care and public health, faces major uncertainties and challenges, but may also take advantage of major opportunities.
These 2023 scenarios are part of the Public Health Informatics Institute project “Using Public Health Information in the eHealth Decade,” funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The purpose of the project is to develop a better understanding of the key forces shaping the future of public health informatics in the United States, and to help public health practitioners create strategies that ensure the quality and resilience of public health informatics in light of emerging challenges, opportunities, and uncertainties. The scenarios are an important component of this effort, and have been developed by the Public Health Informatics Institute (PHII) and the Institute for Alternative Futures (IAF). Our objective is to engage public health informatics leaders using the 2023 scenarios to consider a broader range of forces shaping current implications and future possibilities for public health informatics. These scenarios were used at the National Workshop on Public Health Informatics 2023, held October 10 and 11, 2013, in Park City, Utah. Participants considered potential public health information goals and strategies for the future, as well as implications for the “robustness” of their current strategies in light of the various scenarios. Participants also developed recommendations as public health informatics moves forward into the coming decade.