Improving Population Health: The Public Health Factor
With healthcare reform, a community-health focused health system develops. Under this system, healthcare providers have complete patient information at their fingertips, and treatments are determined using up-to-date decision-support guidelines. In such an environment, the patient benefits and community health metrics improve. HIEs with public health participation will be key to attaining this ideal state, as illustrated in this policy brief, which outlines five opportunities for health transformation driven by the collaboration inherent in HIEs. These “worthy aims” are based on real-world examples of critical benefits that accrue—facilitating improved individual and community healthcare—when public health is an active partner in the HIE.