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July 25, 2017

Podcast: A Conversation with Dr. Gulzar Shah

Dr. Gulzar Shah

In this episode, I speak with Dr. Gulzar Shah, who is the Chair of Health Policy and Management at the Jiann-Ping Hsu College of Public Health at Georgia Southern University. Dr. Shah has worked in the field of public health informatics for over 20 years as both a practitioner and an academic researcher. I was very excited to speak with him about how he first became interested in public health informatics, his early informatics work at the Utah Department of Health, and his recent research about informatics at local health departments. Thanks to Dr. Shah, I now understand how probabilistic record linkages work (for the most part, anyway), and the ways in which system interoperability can be one indicator of a health department’s overall informatics capacity.

Interested in learning more about Dr. Shah’s research about informatics and local health departments? Check out the special issue of the Journal of Public Health Management and Practice from November/December 2016. Dr. Shah was a guest editor and an author of many of the papers about current strengths and challenges at the local level.

If you’re curious about web-based data query system (WDQS), consider taking a look at the Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (or HCUP Net), which is a project of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. This WDQS has health care data from emergency departments, hospital inpatient care, and ambulatory settings, and it also provides population information at the county-level. Dr. Shah recommended you check it out!

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