5192.0: Wednesday, November 15, 2000: 2:30 PM-4:00 PM

Using The Internet In Public Health: Opportunities and Cautions - Part I

The purpose of this session is to disseminate information about the 1) benefits to public health organizations of making internet connections and 2) opportunities for public health organizations to make internet connections despite perceived barriers to doing so. Emerging trends in the health care industry are increasing the opportunities and challenges for internet use in the public health sector. Yet there is evidence that the neither the benefits of internet connection nor important opportunities to overcoming perceived barriers to making internet connections are fully understood by public health organizations. In this session, speakers tell how the internet can facilitate public health organizations' ability to serve their constituencies. They describe opportunities for overcoming resource and organizational constraints to accessing the internet for full range of public health functions. Community health information sharing--now feasible at a reasonable cost--is discussed. Using data standards to provide a common framework for exchanging information independent of software and hardware technology is explained. Developing privacy regulations to provide protections is highlighted as well
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Presider(s):Stephanie Karsten, MA, CMC
Organizer(s):Virginia Riehl
2:30 PMIntroductory Remarks
2:35 PMOvercoming barriers to internet connection: The whys and hows of it!
Stephanie Karsten, MA, CMC, Virginia Riehl, Lynne Firester, Frances Johnson, Milton Corn, MD
3:05 PMRobert Wood Johnson Foundation initiatives to promote use of the Internet and protect privacy
Judy Whang
3:25 PMInternet-assisted provision of essential public health services: Opportunities and challenges for the local health department
Scott Wetterhall, MD, MPH, Darren Collins, Erich Daub, Robert Blake, Cindy Weinbaum, MD, William Dyal
3:45 PMDiscussion
4:00 PMBreak
Sponsor:Health Administration
Cosponsors:Environment; Food and Nutrition; Public Health Education and Health Promotion

The 128th Annual Meeting of APHA