The American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA), Bethesda, Md., held a three-day conference in Atlanta in May 2001 at which public health officials and specialists in public health informatics — the integration of information technology and public health — sought to develop recommendations for strengthening informatics in public health.
The AMIA is a national association dedicated to the development and application of computer technology in supporting patient care, teaching, research and health care administration.
- "Developing a National Agenda for Public Health Informatics," held May 15–17, 2001, in Atlanta drew 488 attendees — including 140 AMIA members, 299 non-members (mostly local and regional public health officials) and 49 students — for a discussion of these issues and the development of possible strategies for strengthening the role of informatics in population health.
The conference included a keynote address, a panel discussion, 12 short talks, and 4 break-out sessions for each of six "tracks" (topic areas) related to public health informatics. Conference participants participated in one track for the entire conference, and they developed these key recommendations.
- Funds for information management need to be part of the core public health budget.
- Public health informatics must create an information infrastructure that includes a longitudinal, person-based integrated data repository.
- A data repository should be integrated with appropriate levels of personally identified data being held at state and local levels for a specific purpose, with de-identified data (data not identifiable with an actual person) held at the national level.
- Existing health data standards must be expanded to cover public health information and transactions.
- The public health system should develop a research agenda for informatics and standardized evaluation models for public health information systems.
- A hierarchy of advisory bodies — from local ethics committees to national organizations — needs to be created to develop policy regarding privacy, confidentiality and security and to monitor information exchange.
- The public health workforce needs informatics training at all levels.
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) provided $103,500 in grant support from February to July 2001.
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