Signing Off from the Public Health Informatics Conference

Aug 24, 2011, 10:25 PM, Posted by NewPublicHealth


The Public Health Informatics 2011 Conference has come to a close in Atlanta, where over 1,000 people attended in person, and 1,600 more joined the conversation online through the Virtual Conference. One theme throughout the conference was making new connections – connections from EHRs to public health surveillance systems, from public health departments to health care and social services, and more. Different technical systems need to be able to work together, which requires standards and ways to bridge different terminologies.

That goes for making IT systems interoperable, but the same is also true for making connections between different fields, which often seem to speak a different language. Coming together at a conference like Public Health Informatics is certainly a step in the right direction.

Here are some highlights from NewPublicHealth coverage of the conference this week:

All of the content captured during the live event that was not made available during the conference will be be re-released September 7, 2011 at the Virtual Conference site, thanks to conference co-sponsors the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Association of County and City Health Officials. When posted, many of the sessions will then feature a live chat with the speakers. All of the plenaries, sessions, videos, downloads and other materials will be available on this site for 3 months.

Catch up on the rest of the NewPublicHealth coverage of the Public Health Informatics Conference here.

This commentary originally appeared on the RWJF New Public Health blog.