250063 Assessing the Critical Capacity of Local Health Departments in Support of State and National Health IT Goals

Monday, October 31, 2011: 8:31 AM

Valerie Rogers, MPH , e-Public Health, National Association of County and City Health Officials, Washington, DC
The National Association of County and City Health Officials has assessed local health departments' (LHDs) readiness to receive data (immunizations, lab reporting, and syndromic surveillance) as part of the meaningful use program. While eligible providers and hospitals must be able to transmit information to LHDs in one or more of the areas, there are greater incentives to the public health system that should be underscored. This research will examine LHDs readiness and barriers to receiving electronic health information from clinicians.

NACCHO used mixed methods to examine and assess meaningful use readiness. NACCHO completed a thorough Needs Assessment of Local Health Departments' informatics capacity in 2010. The purpose of the assessment was to determine what informatics capacity exists, and to identify barriers that may prevent LHDs from becoming meaningful users and participants in the Nationwide Health Information Network. NACCHO administered a web-based survey using a nationally representative stratified random sample of 750 LHDs. In-person focus groups were also used to collect data. NACCHO is using the results of the assessments to influence national decisions about health IT to influence the development of resources and technical assistance for LHDs.

In addition to describing the results of NACCHO's Informatics Needs Assessment, presenters will provide specific examples of how LHDS are beginning to address capacity deficiencies by sharing tools, and practical strategies for overcoming barriers.

Learning Areas:
Administration, management, leadership
Chronic disease management and prevention
Communication and informatics
Public health administration or related administration
Systems thinking models (conceptual and theoretical models), applications related to public health

Learning Objectives:
1. Describe the health IT and informatics barriers among local health departments 2. Describe strategies LHDS can take to support meaningful use of EHRs 3. Identify resources LHDs can use to prepare for meaningful use 4. Provide strategies from LHDs currently supporting bi-directional health information exchange with clinical and other public health systems

Keywords: Public Health Informatics, Public Health Infrastructure

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am qualified to present because I serve as the program manager and content expert in e-Public Health/Public Health Informatics working on behalf of the 2800 local health departments in the US. My work is to provide research, critical policy analysis and support advocacy efforts that build the information infrastructure of NACCHO and its 2800 local health department members.
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.