Data Modernization and Informatics

Public health data and surveillance systems are core components of our nation’s public health infrastructure. The COVID-19 pandemic has emphasized how critical these data systems are for the public as well as the need to transform and upgrade them to better meet current and future demands.

Public health data modernization is a collective effort executed by federal, state, local, and tribal organizations to strengthen these systems. ASTHO has identified data modernization and interoperability as one of its strategic priorities, highlighting the need for an enterprise-level data infrastructure in which public health data systems are interoperable, secure, and supported by a state-of-the-art workforce.

ASTHO supports its members and health agency staff in advancing data modernization efforts by providing technical assistance, capacity building support, and leadership development opportunities. ASTHO also supports forums for stakeholder engagement and peer-to-peer learning such as the Public Health TechXpo and Futures Forum, an annual convening of public health leaders and technology experts who tackle the toughest public health data and technology challenges.


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Data Exchange to Save Lives: IIS and HIE Relationships & The Laws Protecting Public Health Data

This pair of ASTHOReports provide health, data, technology, and policy leaders with context and considerations for enhancing data sharing to advance population health.

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COVID-19 Technology & Digital Tools Inventory

This database catalogues state/territorial health agency adoption of surveillance systems and digital technologies that support COVID-19 response.

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Digital Tools Adopted by Public Health Agencies to Support COVID-19 Case Investigation and Contact Tracing, United States, 2020-2021

ASTHO and CDC co-authored this Public Health Reports article about the technologies and digital tools used to support COVID-19 case investigation and contact tracing.

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Public Health’s Use of Digital Tools During COVID-19

This brief describes decision-making amongst health agency leaders and their informatics staff as they selected and implemented digital resources to support COVID-19 pandemic response.

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Strengthening Health Agencies through Consensus-driven Data Standards and Practices

An environmental scan consisting of a literature, policy, and guidelines review. Produced in partnership with Briljent and EMI Advisors.

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Cluster Analysis for Population Segmentation & Targeted Health Outreach

Public health leadership from Missouri and experts from Deloitte discuss an approach for population segmentation in Missouri's COVID-19 vaccine outreach.

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Latest Informatics Resources


Considering the Role of Social Stressors in Chemical Risk Assessment

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The Search for Good Data to Support Health Equity in Public Health

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Artificial Intelligence in State and Territorial Public Health

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AI in Public Health—ASTHO Has Entered the Chat

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Linking Datasets to Address Racial Equity in Maternal and Child Health Outcomes

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Improving STI Treatment Reporting Forms: Pennsylvania Department of Health’s Innovative Approach

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ASTHO’s Public Health Legal Mapping Center

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Legal Mapping of Harm Reduction Laws and Overdose Prevention Center Legislation

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ASTHO manages an online community for state informatics directors 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.  

ASTHO regularly engages with key partners to advance state and territorial data modernization priorities. Key partners include: 

  • Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology 
  • Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services 
  • CDC 
  • Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists 
  • Public Health Informatics Institute 
  • Health Information and Management Systems Society 
  • National Association of County and City Health Officials 
  • Association of Public Health Laboratories 
  • American Immunization Registry Association 
  • Electronic Health Record Association 
  • Civitas Networks for Health