Health Information Technology and Informatics
Thanks to innovations in medicine and technology, people are living longer in the United States. In fact, one in five Americans will be 65 years or older in 2020. This means that the development, implementation, and interoperability of health information systems that improve healthcare delivery is more important than ever. Informatics — the applied science of information and computer information systems — streamlines healthcare systems to enable clearer communication between providers, expand access to and ensure continuity in care across the lifespan, and improve the public's health.
NACCHO has a number of initiatives aimed at helping local health departments advance the use of informatics at their agency. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
The inaugural Local Health IT (LHIT) virtual conference was an online meeting for those involved in local health department technology to learn about best practices and to discuss trending issues. You can find a recording of this conference at NACCHO University.
NACCHO is currently hosting regular meetings for local health IT professionals. For more information about how to get involved in this growing Community of Practice, email amcpherson [at] naccho [dot] org.