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Status of Local Health Department Informatics: Summary Results from the 2010 NACCHO Informatics Needs Assessment, The (PDF)

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The passage of the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act, a component of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), has helped to place renewed focus on health information technology (HIT) and health information exchange (HIE). If the intentions of these initiatives are fully realized, then there will be a greatly increased flow of health data between entities, including local health departments (LHDs).

While this will allow the public health workforce to work in a modern way, LHDs require more tools that specifically assist with improving their populations’ health. However, in order to chart a path to a modern public health enterprise one must understand LHDs’ current informatics capabilities and identify the needs that exist. The Informatics Needs Assessment builds a picture of LHDs’ structure, capacity, and function regarding public health data.

This report presents the key findings from the needs assessment.

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