ONC Highlights Importance of Data Infrastructure for Public Health


The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) recognizes the importance of aggregating data for public health agencies. The challenge however, lies in the uniformity of data elements captured in electronic health records (EHRs).  In an effort to improve these data infrastructure challenges the ONC is releasing a brief detailing “the ways that public health agencies use data collected from providers” (iHealthBeat, 2014).