Assessing how health information technology and meaningful use criteria impact public health departments reporting of surveillance data for disease

The Foundation's Public Health Services and Systems Research program was designed to help establish the field of public health systems research as a needed resource that will enable governmental health agencies to improve their performance. The purpose of this project is to assess the impact of federal investments in health information technologies and the adoption of meaningful use criteria on the capabilities of state and local public health departments (PHDs) to collect, share, and report data related to communicable and chronic disease surveillance. This project will influence public health policy and decision-making by delineating key factors related to partnerships and processes from the public health perspective that may lead to greater success for local, regional, and statewide sharing of public health data. Project deliverables include a set of measures that can be shared with state and local PHDs to assess and track PHD data system development as well policy briefs and white papers developed in consultation with NNPHI and RWJF to share with policymakers, practitioners, and researchers. Additional deliverables include a written report on the project and its findings for wide dissemination. Findings will be released within 12 months of the project's completion. This project brings together a collaborative research team from the Public Health Institute (Oakland, California) and Research Triangle International. In addition, partnerships with practitioners through an Advisory Committee that informs the research team throughout the project period will be established.

Grant Details

Amount Awarded $200,000.00

Awarded on: 8/17/2012

Time frame: 9/1/2012 - 5/31/2015

Grant Number: 70340


Public Health Institute

555 12th Street, 10th Floor
Oakland, 94607-4046


Dawn Marie Jacobson
Project Director