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Topic: Methods and tools

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Informatics metaphor animation videos

April 6, 2017
These videos were developed to visually illustrate the three key public health informatics metaphors developed for the communications toolkit: informaticians as data logisticians, informaticians as information architects and informaticians as information translators.

Interoperability for Public Health Agencies: A Self-Assessment Tool

January 24, 2017
Interoperability is defined as the ability of information systems and software applications to communicate; to exchange data accurately, effectively, and consistently; and to use the information that has been exchanged. While interoperability efforts often focus on technology, it is important to...

Planning Toolkit for Preparing to Access CMS 90-10 Funding for Public Health

January 20, 2017
The purpose of this toolkit is to unravel some of the complexity of the CMS 90-10 Matching Funding Program and to prepare public health agencies with the information needed to make an informed, credible and effective overture to their Medicaid programs about applying for these funds.

Optimizing Data Quality and Use Evaluation Guide

November 23, 2016
This tool can help you develop a structured and logical way to describe the data quality used to generate metrics for chronic disease surveillance, addressing both data validity and reliability.

Optimizing Data Quality and Use AVR Selection Tool

November 23, 2016
This tool helps planners select a free Analysis, Visualization, and Reporting (AVR) software product appropriate for the type of data being used. It also outlines some of the necessary skill sets of the data analyst and additional system requirements to use these products.

Electronic Health Record Requirements for Public Health Agencies

November 7, 2016
This document provides public health agencies with a set of information system requirements needed to support electronic health records (EHRs) for case management and clinical services. These EHR requirements are designed to be general, giving public health agencies a starting point for creating...

What is "informatics"?

November 4, 2016
This academic article— a joint effort of the FrameWorks Institute, PHII and Dr. Ed Baker of UNC Chapel Hill—was published in the Journal of Public Health Management and Practice in 2016. The article examines current understanding of the term "public health informatics" and makes...

Making public health informatics visible: communicating an emerging field

November 4, 2016
Communicating about public health informatics and raising the profile of this emerging, interdisciplinary field of public health presents unique challenges. This strategic "map the gaps" report lays out these challenges and provides an initial set of strategies that communicators can use...

Quick start guide to reframing public health informatics

November 4, 2016
Framing is a process of making choices about what to emphasize (for example, clear explanations of how informatics contributes to solving public health problems) and what to leave unsaid (for example, jargon). This abbreviated guide provides a quick tour of themes to avoid, compared with...

Informatics communications FAQs: staying on frame in real time

November 4, 2016
These sample question-and-answer sequences help to model effective answers to frequently asked questions about public health informatics. The examples come from the kinds of questions commonly raised by public health practitioners, potential funders and policymakers. The reframed sample answers...