Informatics is the process by which raw data turn into digestible information and, subsequently, knowledge. Informaticians often act as knowledge architects—they develop blueprints for the information systems that store and transmit health data. Like architects, informaticians consider user needs and legal mandates when planning construction, embracing efficiency, timeliness and privacy.
Informaticians collect data and translate them into a language practitioners can understand so that they can make data-driven decisions to improve public health.
For many professionals within public health, communicating the value of public health informatics to leaders is not easy. In partnership with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the FrameWorks Institute, PHII is pleased to offer free tools to assist in these communications efforts.
An article in the Journal of Public Health Management and Practice defines “public health informatics” and summarizes some key recommendations for communicating in this field.