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Business Case: The Role of Public Health in National Health Information Technology Standardization

Description | Business Case | Resource Center: Public Health in HIT Standardization | Press Release | Webinars

The National health information technology (HIT) standardization process requires collective input from Public Health on what public health issues need to be addressed in national interoperable HIT standards. Participation in the HIT standardization process is becoming a key for assuring that public health needs are met in national HIT standards. While Public Health has been succeeding in advocating for its needs/interests in the national HIT agenda (e.g., several public health use cases were developed by American Health Information Community in 2005-2009; public health reporting capabilities are included in the criteria for meaningful use of HIT) its voice in the national HIT standards development, harmonization and certification activities continues to be weak and un-coordinated.

The Consortium recently finalized the Business Case on the Role of Public Health in National Health Information Technology Standardization. The Business Case document describes the current state of HIT adoption and standards development in Public Health; the national HIT standardization process; and the current level of public health involvement in this process.

The Business Case document describes the roles of state and local Public Health in building an Organized Public Health Voice on HIT Standards. It describes the barriers to participation for state and local Public Health in the national HIT standardization and presents the strategy to maximize this participation. It also describes the role of public health professional organizations, federal government, academia and private sector to assure participation of local and state public health agencies in the national HIT standardization process.

The Business Case is targeted at the public health leadership and decision makers at the local, state and Federal levels; the national HIT leadership; the leadership of public health professional associations and HIT standardization entities and professionals involved in these entities.

Resource Center: The Resource Center on Public Health in HIT Standardization was one of the first products to be implemented from the Business Case. It was created to support and encourage public health participation in HIT standardization activities. The Web-Resource Centers is an interactive, online tool providing modules on HIT Standards, HIT Adoption Stories, and Public Health Participation in Health IT Standardization.

The Business Case project was conducted with the support from the Cooperative Agreement to PHDSC from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The Links below provide references to the Business Case document, presentation and related project information:

Press Release
Business Case Document
Business Case PHIN 2009 Presentation
Webinars on Business Case
Resource Center: Public Health in HIT Standardization
Project Wiki