Building Public Health Data Infrastructure Is Key to Precision Public Health

Leveraging health information exchanges gives public health the functionality needed to modernize and flex to the ever-changing landscape of disease and need around us We are at an important crossroads for public health in this country. The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted that our woefully underfunded public health infrastructures are in desperate need for modernization, starting…

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Incentivizing Data Sharing Among Health Plans, Hospitals, and Providers To Improve Quality

Health plans can gain efficiencies and improve quality by connecting to health information networks and incentivizing hospital and provider participation as part of pay-for-performance programs. Health plans, hospitals, and providers are increasingly recognizing that sharing claims and clinical data can help them coordinate care, reduce costs, manage population health, improve patient experience and outcomes, and…

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Op-Ed: Health Equity for Patients Starts With Digital Equity for Providers

California has made progress building health data networks across the state for years now — data systems that securely deliver information on your medications, health history, and hospitalizations in real time between your different healthcare providers (imagine never having to fill out that clipboard before your medical appointment again!). While those technology systems are significantly…

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Congenital Syphilis, Although 100% Preventable, Is a Health Crisis

The U.S. is currently facing a public health crisis — one that is on the rise at an alarming rate, has devastating consequences, and is 100% preventable. And that’s congenital syphilis (CS). Mothers with syphilis can transmit it to their babies during pregnancy or at birth. Approximately 40% of babies born to patients with untreated…

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Data Sharing Can Reverse a Health Crisis

A deeper look at the congenital syphilis situation in San Bernardino County Congenital syphilis (CS), a preventable and potentially devastating disease passed during pregnancy, is increasing at an alarming pace in California and nationwide. If a pregnant mother diagnosed with syphilis does not receive timely treatment, the impact of CS on the baby can be severe, ranging…

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Remembering That Interoperability Policy Is Still Personal

As we work to advance interoperability and data sharing across the nation, we should remember that our ultimate goal is to help people live healthier lives This has been another important year in the work of building health data networks in the U.S. as the urgency of the pandemic has carried us more swiftly to…

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