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Using Informatics to Promote Community/Population Health

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Melissa Barfield

on 30 April 2015

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Informatics has become an important element in modern promotion of community and population health. Informatics is advancing healthcare within the communities by way of prevention versus treatment. Teaching the community about the positives of this modern technology is important to breaking down the barriers to health care and information technology. There are many websites to provide medical information as well as smart phone apps to address disease, send appointment reminders or health tips. Informatics can provide the needed data to target specific community needs. Informatics also plays a huge role in the monitoring of disease, immunizations, and disaster preparedness.
Tammy Oliver
Using Informatics to Promote Community/Population Health
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Health Promotion:
Government Roles:
Melissa Brothers, Teresa Kelley, Erin Lampinen, Nicole Mitchell and Tammy Oliver
Public health focuses on the health of populations versus that of individuals, and prevention instead of treatment (White, 2013)
Public health informatics focuses on the promotion of health and disease prevention in populations and communities (McGonigle & Mastrian, 2015)
There has been a rapid growth of electronic health information technology in healthcare , which enhances patient access and quality of care (Crilly, Keefe, & Volpe, 2011)
Developing community-based strategies for using health information technology and electronic communication technologies is critical to removing barriers to health care and information (Crilly, Keefe, & Volpe, 2011)
Melissa Brothers/Teresa Kelley
Data from community-based, nonhealth services can be employed to target specific community needs (Crilly, Keefe, & Volpe, 2011)
mental health
Health-related Web sites provide information on medical diagnoses, general medical guidance, and access to medical literature (Crilly, Keefe, & Volpe, 2011)
Handheld devices can receive announcements, appointment reminders, or health tips (Crilly, Keefe, & Volpe, 2011)
Melissa Brothers/Teresa Kelley
Community Health Risk Assessments
PulseNet USA- surveillance network for food-borne infections (Kraft, 2011)
HAN (Health Alert Network)- state and national alert system
Monitoring of Disease Outbreaks
Social media (St. Louis & Zorlu, 2012)
Disease registries (White, 2013)
Immunization registries (White, 2013)
Mobile phones (West, 2012)
Disaster Planning and Preparation
Alert systems for alarming the population
Web portal to dissemination information (White, 2013)
Instant communication allows ability to analyze threats (Fuller, 2011)
Communicating Information
Satellite Television to interact with patients remotely (While & Dewsbury, 2011)
Smartphone Apps to address chronic disease (White, 2013)

The application of informatics has become a key part of promoting community and population health. There continues to be a need for information about the health of communities, states, and other countries. By incorporating informatics, availability of clinical information has been greatly increased within communities. Due to this advancement, health care is able to help prevent diseases instead of focusing on treatment after the fact (McGonigle & Mastrian, 2015).
Melissa Brothers
Teresa Kelley
Erin Lampinen

Crilly, J.F., Keefe, R. H., & Volpe, F. (2011). Use of electronic technologies to promote community and personal health for individuals unconnected to health care systems. American Journal of Public Health, 101(7), 1163-1167. doi:10.2105/AJPH.10.300003

Fuller, S. (2011). From intervention informatics to prevention informatics. Bulletin of the American Society for Information Science & Technology, 38(8), 36-41

Kraft, M. (2011). Informatics promotes public health. Chart, 108(2), 6-7

McGonigle, D., & Mastrian, K. G. (2015). Nursing informatics and foundation of knowledge (3rd ed.). Burlington, MA: Jones & Bartlett Learning

St. Louis, C., & Zorlu, G. (2012). Can Twitter Predict Disease Outbreaks?. BMJ, 344. doi:101136/bmj.e2353

West, D. (2012). How Mobile Devices are Tranforming Healthcare. Issues in Technology Innovation, 18(1), 1-11.

While, A., & Dewsbury, G., (2011). Nursing and Information and Communication Technology (ICT): A Discussion of Trends and Future Directions. International Journey of Nursing Studies, 48(10), 1302-1310.

White, M. (2013). Public Health Informatics: An Invitation to the Field. Bulletin of the Association for Information Science & Technology, 39(5), 25-29
Melissa Brothers

Nicole Mitchell
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