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Getting Back to Our Roots: The Rise of Local Health Depts in the US

In 1911, a typhoid epidemic sparked a series of events that led to the beginnings of the modern local public health system.

The Informatics Academy: An Integrated Professional Education Approach

Last week, an online course from the Informatics Academy introduced 60 public health professionals to the IT Lifecycle.

NYC Macroscope: Using EHRs to Monitor Population Health

New York City is developing a population health surveillance system that uses EHRs to track chronic conditions managed by primary care practices.

New Health IT Framework Available for ACOs

The Certification Commission for Health Information Technology (CCHIT) has developed an HIT Framework to help accountable care organizations (ACOs) and healthcare providers navigate the future of technology and accountable care.
Tags: ACOs, health IT

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.
Tags: health IT, cost

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.