Informatics

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.

Joint Public Health Informatics Task Force
Created in 2008, the Joint Public Health Informatics Taskforce (JPHIT) is a consortium of public health associations committed to improving population health through informatics, health IT, and information exchange. ASTHO co-chairs, supports, and participates in JPHIT.

Meaningful Use 
ASTHO helps states and territorial public health agencies prepare for Meaningful Use (MU) requirements by providing tools and resources detailing the criteria, case examples, and guidance documents. The Association of Public Health Laboratories (APHL) has developed a Meaningful Use Stage 2 Public Health Readiness website.

The MU Public Health Reporting Requirements Task Force has posted reference materials for use by Public Health agencies to work with providers planning to register for Stage 3 meaningful use in  2017(optional year). The artifacts are available by clicking the following link: Public Health Stage 3 Meaningful Use Measures in 2017 and Reporting Objectives and Measures.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) offer funding under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 to state Medicaid programs that can be used to support state public health informatics activities. State public health agencies (PHAs) throughout the country have collaborated with their Medicaid offices to secure these funds for critical public health activities. This HITECH Federal Financial Participation report provides an overview of this funding opportunity, as well as lessons learned and recommendations from states that have applied for and implemented the funding.  

Public Health Informatics Policy Committee
ASTHO has a Public Health Informatics Policy Committee, formerly known as the “eHealth Policy Committee.” This committee is comprised of state health officials and public health informatics leaders from health departments across the country. The committee provides policy recommendations to strengthen the ability of ASTHO members and partners to use informatics in making key public health decisions.