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New ASPE Report on IT Infrastructure in State and Local Health Departments

A new report looks closely at how the recent passage of the HITECH Act and the ACA are affecting trends in public health informatics.

Health IT Systems: Costs vs. Benefits

In a recent report outlined by iHealthBeat, it was found that 71% of U.S. physicians believe the use and implementation of Health IT systems will raise health care costs.
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The Truth About Medical Billing

The federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services recently released hospital data revealing the wide variation in medical billing.

The Challenge of Producing Worthy Evidence

“What do we want? Evidence-based change. When do we want it? After peer review.”   

Meaningful Use and Public Health

The Stage 2 Meaningful Use Public Health Reporting Requirements Task Force has published guidance for public health agencies (PHAs) preparing for Stage 2 Meaningful Use (MU2).

The Long Road to Interoperability

As the provisions of the HITECH act become the law of the medical reimbursement landscape, the provisions of meaningful use are gaining wider public attention.

The Implications of Google Flu Trends for Public Health

Applications like Google Flu Trends can and will use data to speak to citizen’s health concerns.

Social Media and the Future of Public Health

Researchers all over the world are beginning to explore when and how people respond to the use of social media for communications regarding various types of public health issues.

A Brief Look at the Year Ahead from Healthcare Informatics

I encourage you to review a new article from Healthcare Informatics highlighting key points from the Health IT Committee meeting that took place earlier this month.

Dr. Joseph Gibson on the Importance of Informatics

I encourage you to check out a recent post on NACCHO's ePublic Health blog, “What is informatics, and why should I care?”