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Information and communications technology is an increasingly important component of the public health infrastructure at the international and national levels:

  • Facilitates essential public health functions, including disease reporting, health data collection, management and analysis, and outreach through various health promotion, prevention and intervention services;
  • Provides data to inform the development of policy that addresses public health priorities, and supports standardization of public health practices using evidence-based initiatives and performance improvement management techniques;
  • Offers the potential to improve the delivery of health care services, to support improved health outcomes, and to reduce the burden of disease and eradicate disparities at the population, community and individual levels.

Recent projects that have focused on the role of technology in informing public policy and supporting new approaches to managing the health of various populations include:

  • Mobile Health and Underserved Populations (Commonwealth Fund, 2013; Health Resources Services Administration, 2010-2013; McKesson Foundation, 2011-2012; Mobile Health Alliance, 2012)
  • Readmissions and Technology-enabled Integration of Care (Commonwealth Fund, 2010-2012)
  • Technology Summit: “Enhancing Social Action for Older Adults Through Technology” (The SCAN Foundation, 2010)
  • Health Reform and Local Health Departments: Opportunities for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (2010)
  • ICT in Chronic Disease Management (2009)
  • Technology-Enabled Innovation in Chronic Disease Management (2009)
  • Technology-enabled Innovations for Improving Children’s Health (2009)
  • Emerging Technologies and Independent Living (2009)
  • The Future of Behavioral Health Services for Children and Adolescents (2008)
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