JPHIT: Coordinating national action for tomorrow's public health capabilities today
As clinical care transforms, public health agencies strive to establish interoperable information capabilities that are profoundly effected by public resources and policy. JPHIT addresses an increasing need for collective, consensus-based decisions on the development, implementation and use of information services, and technology standards, systems and policies. JPHIT is a coalition of nine national public health associations that help U.S. governmental public health agencies build modern information systems across a spectrum of public health programs. We integrate the expertise and reach of national associations to advance public health information system capabilities by identifying synergies, building consensus, and facilitating action.
JPHIT's blog is a channel for news on national public health informatics events, policy, trainings, and resources.
Obstacles ranging from underdeveloped information technology (IT) infrastructure to insufficient workforce and capacity have made public health informatics seem either intimidating or vastly inaccessible to many LHDs. Despite these obstacles, there is a place for informatics within every LHD and “Public Health Informatics,” a new multi-article supplement in the Journal of Public Health Management and Practice (JPHMP), explores that niche. Penned by a cross-cutting range of experts in the fields of public health and informatics, who hail from government, academia, and the nonprofit sector, the supplement provides diverse perspectives and balanced insights into the current state of local public health informatics, the future direction of the field, and what’s required to ensure local health departments aren’t left behind.
We don’t have to imagine the decades-old vision of electronic public health case reporting for much longer; we are closer now to electronic case reporting (eCR) than ever before.
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JPHIT produces briefs and policy statements on public health informatics issues of national significant. Examples include: Meaningful use program, electronic health record technology certification, health information technology interoperability, and public health surveillance.
The Joint Public Health Informatics Taskforce (JPHIT) recently delivered a testimony before the Health IT Policy and Standards Committee's Public Health Taskforce to inform the Committee's development of health information technology policy and standards recommendations for Zika preparedness and response.
As Americans become more mobile, so too must their health information. Public health agencies are increasingly called on to electronically exchange health information outside their jurisdictional borders. With differences in state privacy laws and local ordinances, such exchange frequently requires a data exchange agreement. This guidance document was developed by JPHIT to provide practical advice and information to public health managers and staff who craft such agreements.
Information is not only becoming more digital, it is coming from a wider variety of sources, moving at increasing speeds among more partners, and needed for ever-more timely analysis and action. At the same time, interest in population health data is greater than ever. These information briefs stimulate thinking, conversation and planning to help local and state public health officials and managers better understand major information and informatics trends.
Capability mapping is a collaborative approach to identifying the resources for an information management or technology function. In 2013, JPHIT assessed capability mapping for its utility to public health agencies (PHAs), in a pilot project with the cancer surveillance community that mapped the context and resources for cancer case reporting.