This series of information briefs are designed to support local and state public health officials and managers better understand major information and informatics trends that impact their agencies. 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. How public health agencies respond to the opportunities and challenges at a time of shrinking budgets and workforces will determine much of their future credibility and relevance in an increasingly e-health world.
These information briefs are intended to stimulate thinking, conversations and planning; they are not meant to set nationwide policy or to be accepted as a definitive roadmap for all of public health.
The information briefs were developed by the Joint Public Health Informatics Taskforce in partnership with HLN Consulting, LLC, with funding from the CDC Public Health Surveillance and Informatics Program Office.