Commentary: The Road to Quality in Public Health, A Long But Important Journey

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Quality improvement (QI) in public health departments is a focus in this sixth issue of Frontiers.

The Issue:
Data is important to the development of quality improvement efforts. As we see growth of and meaningful use of electronic health records, the health department is in a position to take the lead as a data hub and to use this information wisely to both improve their QI efforts and link that QI to outcomes.

Data and data management is the 'mother's milk' of health departments.

  • There is a link between data/information technology and the enhancement of QI efforts.

  • The next National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) survey will provide longitudinal data to help further their research activity.

  • The health department will be in a position to take the lead as a data hub and to use the information to improve their QI efforts and link that QI to outcomes.

— Excerpt from Frontiers in Public Health Services and Systems Research

 

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