Online Program

Role of Informatics and Open Data, in addressing dissemination of Public Health data, faster, better and cheaper

Monday, November 2, 2015 : 10:30 a.m. - 10:50 a.m.

Joan Braithwaite, MSPH, Public Health Operating Unit, Northrop Grumman, Atlanta, GA
      Open Data initiative across Health, Energy, Education, Finance, Public Safety and Global Development sectors have helped unlock troves of valuable data and are making these resources more open accessible to stakeholders, innovators, and the public. With a large number of baby boomers retiring, management of chronic diseases, have emerged as a key element to managing health care costs.  Access to relevant, platform independent, machine readable data, is actionable, and can assist the public, states, advocates and policy makers to identify appropriate interventions and/or policies, which can in turn reduce morbidity and mortality.  A team of multiple-disciplinary collaborators, worked together to research and identify a data dissemination solution that would provide access to public health data faster, better and at a lower cost.  Methods employed: (1) Gap analysis to identify future state for stakeholders while still meeting current user needs; (2) Cost to benefit analysis to determine whether to enhance existing in-house systems or replace with new technology; and (3) Comparative analysis to evaluate build vs buy, along with evaluating technology/tool options.  Key comparative differentiators included: initial and maintenance costs, platform independence, ability to re-use for other divisions, as well long term scaling and flexibility.  The recommended data dissemination solution provides: (1) Re-use across divisions; (2) Improved interactive data visualizations; and (3) Reduction in cost and time to disseminate data.  It utilizes an open format which allows datasets for various divisions, to be stored and accessed, in one space similar to a Health Information Exchange (HIE), rather than in individual soloed databases. The API-enabled datasets can then be accessed by any business intelligence solution or visualization software. 

Learning opportunities from this project include: (1) impact of the government open data initiative; (2) data dissemination to open data sources; (3) creating interactive visualizations; and (3) Open Data innovation projects.

Learning Areas:

Chronic disease management and prevention
Communication and informatics
Other professions or practice related to public health
Public health or related education
Public health or related research
Systems thinking models (conceptual and theoretical models), applications related to public health

Learning Objectives:
Demonstrate an innovative solution that utilizes an open format to disseminating public health data, which compliments the government Open Data initiative. Explain how this solution can reduce the data dissemination time while reducing the cost of making data available for re-use, for fueling innovations and accessible on a number of platforms.

Keyword(s): Information Technology, Chronic Disease Prevention

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: Well experienced, Public Health Informatics Analyst and Database Administrator with an extensive history in designing data and analytic solutions for various industries. Completed MSPH in Public Health Informatics at Emory University and BA in Computer Information Systems at GSU. Areas of interests include: identifying new and innovative technology that can be applied to business of public health, data mining utilizing data from other data sources such as EMR, pharmacy records, HIE and big 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.