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Guiding Principles for Effective Health Information Systems


The Public Health Informatics Institute (PHII) provides a 6-page strategic approach to health information systems using four guiding principles, each thoroughly described.  They are:

·        Engage stakeholders

·        Think logically before physically

·        Plan for interoperability

·        Manage for accountability

Primary Toolkit:

PH Informatics Toolkit

Keyword Area:

Health Information Technology (HIT)


Institutional Author:

Public Health Informatics Institute





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