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AHIMA, PHDSC Unite to Strengthen Public Health Data Standards
October 2, 2014

The American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) has announced that it will gain the expertise of the Public Health Data Standards Consortium (PHDSC), a national non-profit membership-based organization of federal, state, and local health agencies, professional associations, academia, public and private sector organizations and individuals.

AHIMA and PHDSC share similar goals and work efforts within the public health and data standards arenas, and this collaboration offers a new opportunity to align clinical data standards and public health data standards, as well as to strengthen the health information infrastructure and workforce.

According to their missions, both organizations are committed to advancing professional practice through the means of health information technology (HIT) and HIT standards, and to represent a common voice within the public health and overall healthcare communities. They also work to advocate for and standardize the use and exchange of information through e-health technology to promote population health.

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IBM Research, CDC and PHDSC Enable Real-Time Reporting of Public Health Cases
August 16, 2012

IBM scientists are collaborating with the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Public Health Data Standards Consortium (PHDSC) to further standardize the exchange and use of public health information to improve healthcare quality and coordination of care.

Controlling major outbreaks of infections such as whooping cough or tracking circulating flu strains is critical to public health. However, the lack of public health electronic reporting standards results in irregular and delayed reports that often create inconsistencies and duplication of efforts.

IBM Research is working with the CDC and PHDSC to develop a new approach to defining and delivering public health reporting by drawing insights from structured and unstructured data that currently exists in disparate systems. The scientists are creating templates for public health case reports that could work with electronic health record (EHR) systems, allowing critical information in the proper format to be easily shared among local, county, state and federal public health agencies to speed response times to public health issues.

The coordination and surveillance of public health information across organizations will aid in understanding and potentially preventing the spread of health threats by automating the process and ensuring consistent access to data anywhere in the country. This technology is being piloted with public health information systems in Delaware, New York State, and San Diego County to create, validate and exchange test public health case reports originating from commercial EHR systems or health information exchanges (HIE).

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PHDSC and APHL Release White Paper: Assure Health IT Standards for Public Health
June 25, 2012

The Public Health Data Standards Consortium (PHDSC), in collaboration with the Association of Public Health Laboratories (APHL) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), has released the White Paper "Assure Health IT Standards for Public Health" in two parts: Part 1 - HIT Standards in Public Health Laboratory Domain and Part 2: A Roadmap on HIT Standardization for Public Health Laboratories. The White Paper 1) comprehensively documents and analyzes the state of Health Information Technology (HIT) standards available for laboratory practices and in use in information exchanges to date; and 2) serves to develop an implementation strategy and roadmap for HIT standardization of laboratory data exchanges to support public health laboratory business practices, their integration with clinical partners and preparedness activities.

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Towards Public Health Sector Transformation and Unity
PHDSC Strategic Plan 2012-2014
June 8, 2012

The PHDSC has released its new Strategic Plan for 2012-14. This Strategic Plan supports the healthcare transformation in the United Stated from today’s disease-based model to a health-based model of care (committed to continuous learning from data generated in the course of practice, known as an integrated learning health system. PHDSC can play catalyst role in enabling this transformation. To this effect, the Consortium’s Strategic Plan laid out the following goals: (a) stimulate the migration of clinical/public health operations from a disease-based to HBM/LHS in partnership with like-minded stakeholders; (b) facilitate alignment of information systems capabilities with public health business needs; and (c) enable interoperability of information systems within the healthcare-public health-population health enterprise. The PHDSC has adopted three strategic initiatives to pursue between 2012-2014:

Unify Public Health in Support of a Health-based Model/Learning Health System:

  • Unify Public Health Information Systems
  • Align/Integrate Public Health with Other Sectors in Healthcare, Including Administrative Data Systems
The Strategic Plan provides the direction to develop specific annual tactical and operational plans for the next three years to facilitate healthcare transformation in the United States. We invite interested parties to join the Consortium to participate in these efforts.

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New Module Added to the PHDSC Web-based Resource: Public Health Participation in Health IT Standardization
January 6, 2012

The PHDSC has launched a new Module, Public Health Participation in Health IT Standardization designed to address barriers for public health participation in the national HIT standardization efforts. This is the third Module in the PHDSC Web-based Resource Center, Public Health in HIT Standardization. The Web-based Resource Center also contains the HIT Standards Resources Module and the HIT Adoption Stories Module. These Modules are aimed to support the implementation of the PHDSC’s Coordinated Public Health Action Plan on HIT Standards developed as a part of the PHDSC Business Case: Role of Public Health in National HIT Standardization. The new Module will help public health professionals and clinicians to navigate through and participate in the national HIT standardization entities and their activities. The Module describes: Why participate? Where should public health participate? What public health interests should be brought to the HIT standardization table? Who should participate? How should public health participation be coordinated? How much does participation cost and how can it be funded?

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Consortium Releases A Web-based Resource Center on Public Health on Health IT Standardization
April 12, 2011

The PHDSC has launched a Web-based Resource Center, Public Health in HIT Standardization. The Resource Center contains the HIT Standards Resources Module and the HIT Adoption Stories Module. Both Modules were implemented from the PHDSC Business Case: Role of Public Health in National HIT Standardization as a part of the PHDSC Coordinated Public Health Action Plan on HIT Standards. The Resource Center is designed to address barriers for public health participation in HIT standardization.

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Consortium Releases Business Case for Public Health Participation in the National Health IT Standardization Process
January 7, 2010

The PHDSC announced the release of a detailed Business Case: The Role of Public Health in National Health Information Technology Standardization which describes 1) the current state of HIT adoption and standards development in public health; 2) the national HIT standardization process and the current level of public health involvement; 3) the barriers for participation by state and local public health in this process; and 4) the proposed business strategy to assure and maximize their participation.

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Health Information Technology Standards For Public Health: A New Module at the PHDSC Web-based Resource Center
June 17, 2009

The PHDSC launched a new module of its Web-based Resource Center on Health Information Technology (Health IT) Standards to engage the Public Health community.

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PHDSC Releases Two Reports on Privacy and Security Solutions for Interoperable Public Health Information Exchanges
May 29, 2009

The PHDSC announced the release of two important reports focusing on privacy and security issues that relate to the implementation of interoperable public health information exchanges. The reports were the result of a systematic, in-depth analysis of the Public Health Scenarios covered by states participating in the Health Information Security and Privacy Collaboration (HISPC), and the assessment of variations and analysis of solutions and implementation plans that states prepared and that directly related to, involved or affected public health practice.

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AIRA Honors PHDSC With 2008 Annual Partnership Award
March 6, 2009

The Board of Directors of the American Immunization Registry Association (AIRA) honored the Public Health Data Standards Consortium (PHDSC, Consortium) as recipient of the 2008 AIRA Partnership Award, bestowed annually to an organization partnering with AIRA to promote Immunization Information Systems.

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PRISM: A Privacy Tool for Public Health Professionals
August 6, 2007

PRISM is an electronic tool to help state and local government health programs understand the basic legal privacy requirements for identifiable health information use and disclosure. The Tool identifies and defines the baseline conditions and requirements that a public health or other government health entity must follow when using and disclosing specific types of health information.

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PHDSC Ad Hoc Task Force on Electronic Health Record - Public Health
May 13, 2005

At the request of the EHR Collaborative the Consortium launched a PHDSC Ad Hoc Task Force on Electronic Health Record – Public Health (EHR-PH)to evaluate the Electronic Health Record System (EHR-S) Functional Model Draft Standard for Trial Use (EHR-S DSTU) from the public health perspective.  Sixty-four volunteers of the Task Force developed an evaluation report - the White Paper Electronic Health Record: Public Health Perspectives

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