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Making the case

This series of articles about the informatics-savvy health department published in the Journal of Public Health Management and Practice provides in-depth study that can both inform your assessment activities and assist you in making the case to agency leadership that the assessment is needed, and that strengthening your agency's informatics capacity is not merely worthwhile, but crucial.

Building an Informatics-Savvy Health Department: Part I, Vision and Core Strategies

The first in the "Building an Informatics-Savvy Health Department" series, this article provides an entry-point to and overview of core concepts related to the informatics-savvy health department.

Building an Informatics-Savvy Health Department II: Operations and Tactics

This piece builds on the first article in the "Building an Informatics-Savvy Health Department" series to delve more deeply into operations and best practices for building an informatics-savvy health department.

Developing an Informatics-Savvy Health Department. Part I: Assessment and Governance

To achieve the outcome of an informatics-savvy health department, managers and leaders should commit to (1) creating a shared vision and governance approach guided by effective leadership, (2) creating a skilled workforce, and (3) ensuring well-designed and effectively used information systems. This article discusses the steps needed and questions to be asked to realize these outcomes, beginning with the need to assess how well the health department captures, uses, and exchanges information both across programs within the department and with community partners. This assessment should relate both to current capabilities and to desired future capabilities.

Developing an Informatics-Savvy Health Department. Part II: Creating a Skilled Workforce

This article builds on the first in the "Developing an Informatics-Savvy Health Department" series to discuss the steps needed and questions to be asked to create a skilled workforce with needed informatics knowledge and competencies.

Developing an Informatics-Savvy Health Department. Part III: Ensuring Well-Designed and Effectively Used Information Systems

The final installment in a three-part series on "Developing an Informatics-Savvy Health Department," this article provides examples of the types of questions a senior leader or manager could ask. These questions in part are excerpted from “Building an Informatics-Savvy Health Department: A Self-Assessment Tool."

Building the Business Case for Public Health Information Systems

To address key challenges and to accelerate the design, deployment, and operation of robust information systems, agencies must develop a strong business case for investment in these systems. This column describes the essential components of a sound business case and then delineate the elements of a strong business case for investing in public health information systems—an organizational imperative for the future of public health agencies.

The Information Imperative for Public Health: A Call to Action to Become Informatics-Savvy

This capstone column summarizes the action agencies need to take to become informatics-savvy.