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Faculty Member, Brian Dixon, gives Research-in-Progress Webinar

IU Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health faculty member, Brian Dixon, will present a Research-in-Progress Webinar as part of the National Coordinating Center for Public Health Services and Systems Research series "Bridging Health and Health Care".

The title of Brian's webinar is "Leveraging Electronic Health Records for Public Health: From Automated Disease Reporting to Developing Population Health Indicators."

Abstract: 

Public health authorities monitor population health to identify burden of disease, manage health assets, establish policy, and evaluate interventions. Assessment and monitoring typically relies on a limited set of information available through population surveys, vital records, and paper-based disease reporting. Electronic health record (EHR) systems and health information exchange (HIE) activities – initiatives fueled by reform in the health care delivery sector – may provide more timely data for a larger portion of a population.  Yet there exist a number of challenges to routine use of EHR and HIE data by public health agencies, including but not limited to funding, workforce, technical capacity, and difficulties in linking records. Challenges and lessons learned will be presented on how public health agencies can engage with EHR and HIE technologies to improve population health monitoring and assessment, based on two active research projects attempting to integrate EHR and HIE data into routine public health business processes.

For more information about this webinar and to view past Research-in-progress webinars please visit: http://www.publichealthsystems.org/research-progress-webinars