Terminology

  • ePublic Health is the management and use of information through policy, standards, practice, governance, and technology that advance the United States’ ability to protect and improve public health. Featuring the use of decision-support tools such as syndromic surveillance, electronic health records, documentation systems, mobile devices, websites, and social media, ePublic Health improves access to and distribution of health information. These tools can improve the health and well-being  of populations by enhancing preventative measures, informing policy and personal health behavior decisions, and by clarifying issues such as access, quality, continuity, cost of care, and the social determinants of health. Definition developed by NACCHO’s ePublic Health & Informatics Workgroup and Staff.
  • Health Information Exchange (HIE):  refers to the process of reliable and interoperable electronic health-related information sharing conducted in a manner that protects the confidentiality, privacy, and security of the information – HIE further defined http://www.ahima.org/resources/hie.aspx.
  • Public Health Case Management: “a collaborative process of assessment, planning, facilitation, care coordination, evaluation, and advocacy for options and services to meet an individual’s and family’s comprehensive health needs through communication and available resources to promote quality cost effective outcomes.”

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