Informatics

Public Health Informatics

The ASTHO Public Health Informatics team addresses electronic health data, health data systems, surveillance systems, and the capacity of state and local information infrastructures to measure population health status and workforce capacity. The activities are also supported by the ASTHO Public Health Informatics Policy Committee, Senior Deputies, Informatics Directors, and alumni.

Electronic Case Reporting

A recent article titled, "The Promise of Electronic Case Reporting", has been published in Public Health Reports.

ASTHO is leading a community-driven initiative, funded by the CDC, to develop the Public Health Community Platform (PHCP). The goal of this Platform is to provide a public health technology platform of interoperable shared solutions to common public health informatics challenges. The PHCP will provide value to the public health enterprise by sharing these solutions that address public health priorities. Go to site »

Informatics Workforce

In order to build public health informatics capacity in state and territorial health agencies, ASTHO is engaged in various initiatives, such as: the Informatics Directors Peer Network (IDPN). Read more »

Policy

The Public Health Informatics Policy Committee leads ASTHO’s work on informatics and health IT policy issues. ASTHO provides technical assistance to state and territorial health agencies on policy questions, such as preparing for Meaningful Use, and co-chairs the Joint Public Health Informatics Taskforce (JPHIT) with NACCHO to communicate and coordinate on informatics policy issues across the governmental public health enterprise. Read more »

Standards & Interoperability

ASTHO is a member of several health IT Standards Development Organizations (SDO) and works collaboratively on the Standards & Interoperability (S&I) Framework’s Public Health Tiger Team. ASTHO is committed to increasing the perspective and needs of state public health in standards development. Read more »

Surveillance

In order to support CDC’s syndromic surveillance strategy, ASTHO is actively engaged in CDC’s National Syndromic Surveillance Program (NSSP) and serves as the main Data Use Agreement (DUA) holder for jurisdictions participating in BioSense. ASTHO has also been engaged in CDC’s Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) project by utilizing the data and presenting it on a visual way through the Weave application created by University of Massachusetts – Lowell Institute for Visualization and Perception Research. Read more »

Staff

Hither Jembere, Analyst, Informatics