Public health, data standards, and vocabulary: Crucial infrastructure for reliable public health surveillance

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Abstract

The present, rapid adoption of electronic records in clinical care is likely to shift public health surveillance from passive, human-mediated abstraction to active, computer-generated reports. However, the accuracy and efficiency of this process depends upon the adoption of consistent information standards from bedside to population and the relevance of these data to public health. This article outlines the current status of data standards of relevance to public health and expands upon the ideal goal state in which health information would be collected once and then reused for multiple health-related purposes, including public health surveillance.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)11-17
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Public Health Management and Practice
Volume8
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2002
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Health information standards
  • Nomenclature
  • Public health information
  • Surveillance
  • Vocabulary

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health Policy
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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