Public Health Informatics

Out of major disasters and the threat of infectious outbreaks has arisen a keen awareness of the importance of integration of information between public health and the healthcare provider community. In parallel to the pace of deployment of information technology among healthcare provider, public health organizations are also developing the information systems that will both support their internal needs for data and information sharing, and that integrate their systems with those of healthcare providers. In this section, we provide resources that explain the role of public health and that delve into the way in which public health is using information technology to perform their unique role in integration with providers.