209609 Use of health information technology to facilitate data exchange between private healthcare and public health: One rural local public health department's experiences

Monday, November 9, 2009: 11:30 AM

Alastair Matheson, MPH , National Association of County and City Health Officials, Washington, DC
Amy Diaz , Kittitas County Public Health Department, Ellensburg, WA
In 2009, the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) supported two local health departments (LHDs) to create linkages with existing regional health information organizations (RHIOs) and develop data sharing agreements that could support various public health activities, particularly around communicable disease surveillance and preparedness. These demonstration sites can serve as models for other LHDs as well as provide valuable lessons learned for future model refinement.

One of the sites selected to participate was Kittitas County Public Health Department. Its project was aimed at integrating into the existing health information exchange to achieve the following goals:

1) Create a software module allowing two-way communication between providers and the local health department on matters such as reportable conditions and health alerts.

2) Conduct an evaluation with providers regarding their perception of public health involvement in the health information exchange network (before and after public health becomes integrated).

This presentation will share Kittitas County's experiences of implementing data sharing agreements in a small, rural environment. It will highlight the barriers encountered and the strategies and methods that led to success.

Learning Objectives:
1. Describe a model for critical health information exchange in a small, rural setting. 2. List strategies for, and challenges to, developing successful health information exchange at the local level.

Keywords: Health Information Systems, Information System Integration

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am the project manager for this project.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.