Public Health & HIE Toolkit

This Toolkit seeks to help public health departments understand:

  • health information exchange (HIE) services, and the types of organizations providing them;
  • how a health department might use or support such services; and
  • how to assess whether the value of participating in HIE will be worthwhile.

It also seeks to orient HIE organizations (HIOs) to the functions of health departments, and their value as customers and partners in HIE.

Using This Toolkit

The different elements of this Toolkit are outlined below. They can be used in the order outlined, or used independently.

Wondering if you need to learn about HIE?  Complete the Does My Health Department Need HIE Today? to see if this Toolkit is important for you.

A PDF of the complete Toolkit can be downloaded on the Public Health & HIE Toolkit Downloads page.  The PDF includes illustrations, footnotes and references not visible using the web version.  Individual tools and reference materials can also be downloaded from the Downloads page.

Continue to Next Page: Introduction to Public Health and HIE

 All resources and tools mentioned in this toolkit are available on the Public Health & HIE Toolkit Downloads page.




The HIE Toolkit for Public Health was authored by Seth Foldy, with assistance from the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) and the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) members listed below. This project was supported by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) under cooperative agreement 5U38HM000449. Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the sponsors.

Thank you to the following NACCHO and HIMSS members for assistance in the creation of this toolkit:


Uma AhluwaliaPaul EtkindChris Kinabrew
Claudia BlackburnRoland GamachePam Matthews
Tim CallahanNedra GarrettDavid Miller
Marcus CheathamJoseph GibsonJulie Moffitt
Cindy Chrisman-SmithShaun GrannisCindy Murphy
Christopher ChuteLacey HartCharlotte M. Parent
Jim CoatesJack HermannGary Ozanich
Michael ColettaHelen HillValerie Rogers
Chris CollingeDan JensenLaura Runnels
Kathy A. CookNina JolaniKevin Sherin
Art DavidsonJohn KanskyBrent Stackhouse
Stephanie DenvirTom KeefeChris Williams
Brian DixonTrudye Khan 
Public Health, HIE, community health