Informatics

Data Analytics and Public Health Informatics

ASTHO’s Center for Population Health Strategies supports state/territorial health officials (S/THOs) in advancing population health improvement as a core function of public health agencies. ASTHO’s framework for addressing population health encompasses three pillars: Data Analytics and Public Health Informatics, Clinical to Community Connections, and Health Equity and Social Determinants of Health.

ASTHO positions state and territorial health officials as chief health strategists in their communities by enhancing state and local capacity for using health data and informatics to effectively improve health outcomes and allocate resources. The 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.

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 »

Informatics Directors Peer Network

ASTHO hosts an online platform, ASTHO State Informatics Directors Online Community to provide a venue for state and territorial health agency leaders in informatics, data analytics, and surveillance to share information on promising practices, network with one another, and engage in meaningful discussions with each other and ASTHO on emerging or pressing health IT/informatics issues. If you are interested in joining the Informatics Directors Peer Network (IDPN) and its online community, please contact informatics@astho.org.

Electronic Case Reporting

Click to view Leading Public Health Through Health Informatics and Technology (PDF)Technologies, such as electronic clinical decision support tools and electronic case reporting (eCR), can be used to support disease surveillance, primary prevention, and care management. The future of disease surveillance is eCR, which is the process of electronically reporting disease cases from clinically-based electronic health records to public health agencies for integration into disease surveillance systems. eCR is an important first step in advancing bidirectional data exchange between healthcare and public health as it leverages data flow between these entities. ASTHO’s guidebook, Leading Public Health Practice Through Health Informatics and Technology, provides additional information on achieving bidirectional data exchange and preparing for eCR adoption and implementation.

Policy

The Population Health and Informatics Policy Committee is comprised of a Data Analytics and Informatics Subcommittee which 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 data governance and sharing, implementing data standards, the Trusted Exchange Framework and Common Agreement (TEFCA), and the Promoting Interoperability program. ASTHO communicates these 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 »

Staff

Mary Ann Cooney, Chief, Center for Population Health Strategies
Priyanka Surio, Director, Informatics
Beth Giambrone, Analyst, Center for Population Health Strategies