According to the American Public Health Association (n.d.), public health is defined as promoting and protecting the health of people and the communities where we live. Public health informatics is the systematic application of information, computer science, and technology to public health practice, research, and learning (CDC, 2014). The two concepts are important because they build bridges across siloed public health work areas by “translating” between these communities, creating opportunities for interoperable information pathways”. Assess the roles of informatics in public health and EHR. Include the following aspects in the discussion:
1) Discuss the similarities and differences in public health informatics and clinical informatics.
2) Provide an example of a reporting system and registry in public health and describe them in detail.
3) Why is it important to address population health? 4) Why is EHR important in public health informatics?