With the advent of large scale automation in the personal health care sector, public health has the opportunity to move from narrowly-viewed surveillance systems to ones that take a more comprehensive, enterprise view of the need for timely, geographically-granular, and population-specific data.
“What do we want? Evidence-based change. When do we want it? After peer review.”
Public health informatics is about information informing action, and nowhere is that linkage more clear than in the way the law is used as a public health intervention.