Zika, IHE, public health law, bio-surveillance, evidence-based guidelines, community crisis, health information exchange, HL7 FHIR®, public health infrastructure and interoperability were my key learnings from the CDC/NACCHO Public Health Informatics Conference.
The joint CDC, NACCHO, HIMSS Interoperability Showcase™ brought me to Atlanta, Ga. on Aug. 21-24 to execute, with 22 partnering organizations, live demonstrations of standard-based health information exchange, showing how these standards-based transactions bring critical information to the right people at the right time and place.
Our demonstrations included specific use case tours, developed by a robust planning committee of expert public health informatics leaders. We designed the demonstration so that attendees could experience a series of real-life scenarios. Each scenario or ‘Use Case tour’ visited clinical settings where each attendee was able to experience high-tech, high touch, seamless and secure exchange of electronic health information that helps eliminate the need for redundant information capture and data entry.
Well over 100 visitors learned how bi-directional interoperability enables public health entities, plans and stakeholders - through the power of informatics – to have a vital impact on patient care and to improve community wellness.
Our use cases:
- Cancer Reporting
- Electronic Case Reporting (e-CR)
- Healthy Weight and Occupational Data
- Immunization Integration and Reporting
- STDs – Reporting and Biosurveillance
- Vital Records – Birth Reporting with Infectious Disease Reporting
- Vital Records – Death Reporting
HIMSS also hosted a workshop during #PHI2016 that explored the value health IT can bring to communities in crisis. Adam Pertman, Stewards for Change, and Valerie Rogers, HIMSS director, state government affairs, presented Building Community-Based Solutions to Connect for Public Health. Attendees shared ideas to kick start the conversation; key themes included:
- Bring data together – across registries and other systems
- Change the way we communicate
- Connect to environmental monitoring
- Explore cultural vs policy barriers to HIE
- Link case management systems surveillance systems, registries, lab systems and other population health captured by ACOs thru robust HIE
- Link Lab systems to EHRs for better population health
- Address the need for bi-directional exchange, registries, EHRs and common elements
- Understand patient matching data sciences, opportunities & implications
I look forward to hearing about the outcomes of the workshop and invite you to think about how we can work toward advancing public health informatics, innovation and interoperability.