Public health perspectives on the importance of leadership in health informatics at local health departments
Participants identified several ways leaders can make HIT a priority, including: advocating for more money, building bridges with the health care community to aid data sharing, build staff capacity around HIT, advocate for state health agencies to fill in HIT gaps at the local level, invest in systems-level infrastructure and not project-by-project, making HIT a budget priority, partnering with universities, and requiring use of HIT. Major barriers to using more HIT include financial constraints, staff capacity, and a lack of time to develop new systems. Some interviewees said HIT decisions were in the hands of their state agency and they had limited control. Additionally, a number of participants from smaller jurisdiction said that their size made it impractical to pursue high-level HIT use. The majority of leaders from small LHDs said they didn’t think they would be able to analyze most new electronic health information that might be accessible in the future due to challenges with human capital.
Learning Areas:Communication and informatics
Public health administration or related administration
Describe public health practitioner perspectives about how leadership can motivate change with respect to HIT in local health departments in the US
Keyword(s): Technology, Public Health Administration
Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: Conceptualized and carried out data coding and analysis. Have doctoral training in qualitative methods
Any relevant financial relationships? No
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