Using Electronic Health Records to Monitor Chronic Disease

Impact Brief – April 2022

The Journal of Public Health Management & Practice released its March/April issue including a new Management Moment column co-authored by Kate Hohman, Associate Director of Public Health Practice, in the Center for Public Health Leadership at NACDD.

The column titled, “New Directions in Public Health Surveillance: Using Electronic Health Records to Monitor Chronic Disease” provides a new direction in public health surveillance practiced by informatics-savvy health departments in which data from electronic health records (EHRs) are used for chronic disease surveillance. The Multi-state EHR-based Network for Disease Surveillance (MENDS), coordinated by NACDD, is a pilot distributed surveillance system that is featured as an informatics innovation example.

The other co-authors are subject matter experts emanating from leading organizations and academic institutions such as the Public Health Informatics Institute at the Task Force for Global Health, the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health at Harvard University and the Gillings School of Global Public Health at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Read more to learn how public health leaders play a central role in this work by supporting staff to address technical issues and in fostering information partnerships with the health care system to create networks of innovation in public health informatics.

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