142nd APHA Annual Meeting and Exposition

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Spatially Connected Health Data

142nd APHA Annual Meeting and Exposition (November 15 - November 19, 2014): http://www.apha.org/events-and-meetings/annual
Tuesday, November 18, 2014 : 8:50 AM - 9:10 AM

Dora Barilla, DrPH, MPH, CHES , Community Health Development, Loma Linda University Health, Loma Linda University Medical Center, Loma Linda, CA
Background:  Hospitals are now required to acquire significant public health competencies as they move towards more of a risk environment.  Geographic Information Systems (GIS) can be the glue that pulls the diverse information together to inform strategic decisions within the health systems of the future. 

Objective and Purpose:  Attendees will be exposed to the lessons learned within a health system implementing a system real-time community health management system to provide geographically enabled health utilization information to influence strategic resource, patient care, and population health decisions.

Methods:  Overview of lessons learned, partnerships required, and the necessary competencies within leadership to fulfill a collective vision of health in a region.  The discussion of the development of a regional collective impact model and examples of the data platform used for public health and how that connects to patient data inside a health system. 

Results:  GIS can be a powerful tool in creating a new vision for health improvement and allocation of health services in communities.  It can also be a tool that connects public health to health systems to create more collaborative community health needs assessments. 


The importance of connecting community health to strategic directions for health systems, cast a vision for the new roles of health systems in public health, and outline the importance of geography in understanding big data.  Increasing our communication and interaction with our communities will be critical as we move forward with the implementation of the Affordable Care Act.

Learning Areas:

Assessment of individual and community needs for health education
Clinical medicine applied in public health

Learning Objectives:
List the components of new ecosystem for population health information. Outline the importance of connecting clinical data to community health data. Explain the importance of a system-wide culture of decision making based on real-time GIS enabled data.

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have 28 years of experience in healthcare, leader of community health coalitions building new data platforms, oversee CHNA’s and community health plans for 24 hospitals, and prototyping a system wide real time spatially enabled data.
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.

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