public health informatics is a complex, cutting-edge discipline that isn’t always easy to understand. “Inform Me, Informatics” explores informatics in action through stories that illustrate what this field is all about. From disease surveillance to using data analysis to promote health equity, this podcast uses storytelling to bring public health informatics concepts and theory to life.
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Dr. Bryant Karras, Chief Public Health Informatics Officer at the Washington State Department of Health, is regarded as one of the nation’s foremost experts in the field of public health informatics, and he has served a key role in shaping the field. But he didn’t always intend to end up in this burgeoning discipline.
For many people, the term "informatics" is synonymous with "technology." It invokes buzzwords like "big data" and "the cloud." But in this special bonus episode of the podcast, Dr. Dave Ross delves into global health history to illustrate how a successful informatics solution can be built with some nails, planks of wood and paint–with a little bit of help from a bike messenger.
Immunizations are often considered the bedrock of public health work, and immunization information systems (IIS) are the essential, confidential registries that support immunization work. IIS can inform both individual clinical decisions and population health surveillance, and they have empowered public health work in immunizations for the last two decades.
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.
One of the most exciting parts of hosting Inform Me, Informatics is meeting really interesting people and learning about their really interesting work. I first met Beck Willis years ago when we passed each other in the hallways of The Task Force for Global Health, but I didn’t know much about her work until I read a blog she wrote for the International Trachoma Initiative (ITI).
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