Population Health and Public Health e-Health Resources

Informatics-Savvy Health Department Self-Assessment Tool: This tool assists public health organizations by both defining necessary informatics capabilities, and by enabling a self-assessment that aids in planning and priority setting. Additional resources can be found at

Interoperability Standards Advisory: Represents the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) for Health Information Technology’s current thinking on best available standards and implementation specifications, and is updated annually

Minnesota e-Health Profile for Local Public Health: Report and factsheets that include information collected in the Local Public Health Informatics Survey. The 50 Community Health Boards that completed the survey provide information on status and challenges to adoption of EHRs and health information exchange.

Minnesota Public Health Information Network (MN-PHIN): The MN-PHIN Initiative worked to ensure that state and local health departments had the information systems, policies and technical expertise necessary to meet their mission, not only in the face of growing public health threats but as a critical partner in the Minnesota e-Health Initiative. This work, 2005-2008, resulted in numerous resources, reports, and recommendations.

Public Health Data Standards Consortium (PHDCS): The Public Health Data Standards Consortium is a national non-profit membership-based organization that is committed to bringing a common voice from the public health community to the national efforts of standardization of health information for healthcare and population health.

PHIN Tools and Resources: CDC tools and resources to help increase the capacity of public health agencies to electronically exchange health data and information. Topics include vocabulary, guides, standards, and interoperability.

Public Health Informatics Institute (PHII): PHII works on a variety of projects to improve health worldwide by transforming health practitioners’ ability to use information effectively. The work of PHII is concentrated in four areas of emphasis: business process analysis, policy analysis, technical assistance and workforce development.

Public Health Informatics Profile Toolkit: The Public Health Informatics Profile Toolkit serves as a guide that you can use to create a comprehensive summary of your agency┬┤s current and projected information system needs and opportunities. The toolkit provides practical tips and direction for tailoring a profile that realistically reflects your system needs, and can be used to inform your agency decisions and priorities regarding system modernization. Additional resources can be found at

Taking Care of Business: This report describes the six-month project undertaken October 2005 - March 2006 by the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) and the Institute to define the business processes -- the sets of related tasks designed to produce a specific programmatic (business) result -- that cut across all local health departments (LHDs). The report describes the collaboration, discusses how the LHD business processes relate to established public health frameworks, describes PHII's approach to business process analysis and redesign, and presents examples of the work products that resulted from the collaboration. Additional resources can be found at


Updated Tuesday, August 30, 2016 at 01:42PM