268979 Public Health Informatics Innovation and Dissemination through the Beacon Communities

Wednesday, October 31, 2012 : 1:30 PM - 1:50 PM

Saira Haque, PhD , Social, Statistical, and Environmental Sciences - Center for the Advancement of Health IT, RTI International, Durham, NC
Diana Danoff, MA , Center for the Advancement of Health IT, United States, San Francisco, CA
Barbara L. Massoudi, MPH, PhD , Center for the Advancement of Health IT, RTI International, Atlanta, GA
Paula Soper, MPH, MS, PMP , Center for Advancement of Health IT, RTI International, Waltham, MA
Adam Vincent , Center for the Advancement of Health IT, RTI International, Waltham, MA
Study Design: The purpose of this study was to understand how public health informatics innovations occur and are disseminated. Methods included a series of interviews with representatives from a subset of the Beacon Communities and review of Beacon Community program documentation and relevant literature. The Beacon Community program provides funding to selected communities to demonstrate how health IT can improve quality, safety, efficiency, and population health. We identified factors that have contributed to successful innovation in health IT, synthesized lessons learned and essential factors for innovation dissemination, and provided recommendations for the Beacon Communities and public health agencies for future innovation and dissemination.

Population Studied: Beacon Communities creating and disseminating health IT innovation focused on public and/or population health.

Principal Findings: A variety of factors influence health IT innovation and dissemination including policy, funding, personnel acceptance of innovation, and usability of the innovation. The 17 Beacon Communities are innovating in immunization rates, health information exchange, and other types of data sharing to improve the health of their patients and communities. Four communities utilized both registries to track patient immunization status and clinical decision support tools to help remind providers or patients of needed immunizations. There are a wider range of interventions and health IT tools being employed in the area of health information exchange. Fourteen communities are employing health information exchange to improve chronic condition care at the population and provider levels. We have developed lessons learned and best practices to implement and disseminate innovations by synthesizing Beacon Community efforts with models of innovation from the heath IT literature. Other communities can benefit from the synthesis of the health IT models with lessons learned in order to successfully implement and disseminate current and future health IT innovations.

Learning Areas:
Communication and informatics
Other professions or practice related to public health
Public health or related research

Learning Objectives:
Explain the factors that have contributed to the successes or failures of innovation in health IT as a whole and in public health informatics Describe lessons learned and best practices in implementing the public health informatics innovations using the Beacon Communities as a model Discuss frameworks to support spurring and disseminating future innovations both within the Beacon Communities and in public health informatics

Keywords: Public Health Informatics, Information Technology

Presenting author's disclosure statement:
Organization/institution whose products or services will be discussed: None

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have been on several federally funded projects focusing on public health informatics and innovation. My scientific interests include improving public and population health through the advancement of health information technology and innovation. I will be leading the Environmental Scan task in the Beacon Communities for Public Health Project funded by CDC.
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.