Applying Public Health Informatics to Developing an Interoperable Communication System for Emergency Preparedness and an Active Chronic Kidney Disease Surveillance System Open Access

Larbi-Odam, Robert (Summer 2020)

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Public Health Informatics (PHI) is a growing field in the practice of public health that promotes the use of information and information technology to improve population health outcomes. This portfolio developed and applied methodologies that can be used in the selection and implementation of information technology solutions for a public health need.

The aim of the first project was to develop a technology solution that will ensure continuous and interoperable communication between jurisdictions and the citizen population during a public health emergency. The second project focused on developing an active surveillance system for chronic kidney disease. This disease has a high morbidity and mortality in addition to a high cost of care.

A process and system methodology to guide the selection of an information technology solution was developed. For the selected public health need a technology solution that could be funded and implemented within the enterprise and business architecture of a public health agency was completed.

There are significant technology solutions that public health informaticians can lead and introduce into public health practice to improve population outcomes. The set of skills demonstrated in the portfolio have produced results that can be scale up into funding and implementation.  

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