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Integrated State Health Information Systems

Coordinating Information to Address State Health Policy Needs

Public Health: Oversight and Management

Moderator:

Clark Kerr, Chairman of the California Health Policy and Data Advisory Commission, Danville, CA.

Presenters:

Sharon McKenna, Project Manager, Center for Health Information, Georgia Department of Human Resources, Atlanta, GA.

James Seligman, Director of Information Resources Management Office, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Atlanta, GA.


Ms. McKenna discussed the opportunities and challenges in developing integrated information systems to support the States' public health responsibilities and policy development role. She discussed several systems that are in various stages of development in Georgia including:

  • An immunization registry.
  • Notifiable diseases.
  • An information warehouse.
  • Environmental health.

Ms. McKenna said that in developing these systems it was important to justify the funding for broad needs and have an analyst "champion" to help build commitment and support.

Mr. Seligman described CDC's collaborative efforts with the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) and National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) to develop an investment analysis model to use categorical Federal health grant funds for cross-cutting and integrated health information systems. This model is promised on the assertion that major capital investments in information technology and system projects should be based on careful analysis of benefits and costs, programmatic requirements, measurable outcomes, risks, and other factors.


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