WEEK 3 DISCUSSION INFORMATICS
Explore health information technology for the future of healthcare (http://healthit.hhs.gov).
Select a reading about meaningful use or another topic of interest to you. What types of
questions does this bring to mind regarding safety, privacy, and confidentiality? Can we have a
system of meaningful use in a community, nationally, or internationally and yet still maintain the
HIPAA standards? What IS Meaningful Use? How does this tie into HIPAA? Once again,
let’s think on a broad level, and consider this not only within our home communities, but
what it means on a national or even global level!
Imagine that you are a public health nurse, and you and your colleagues have determined
that the threat of a deadly new strain of influenza indicates a need for a mass inoculation
program in your community. What public health data would have been used to determine
the need for such a program? Where would you locate public health data? What data will
be collected to determine the success of such a program? How might you communicate this
to other communities or internationally?
The CDC Wonder system is one place where public health information is available to healthcare and
public health officials, as well as the public. http://wonder.cdc.gov/
A quick search of Google Scholar using the following phrase, RODS syndromic surveillance, will
return many articles. Narrowed down to those published since 2010, most of the articles on the first
page are open access.