Session Notes: This workshop does not offer MOC-II credit.

Many informatics professionals’ top priority is the advancement of public, population, and community health outcomes. Historically this pre-symposium workshop has been one of the most popular offerings among the Pre-symposium meetings. In The 2017 the number of workshop registration requests exceeded available room capacity and the maximum number of attendees participated in the event. This year, multiple healthcare and public health factors are driving the PHI workshop to the next level including: rapidly evolving policy such as the CMS population health policies (e.g., MACRA) and patient-centered TEFCA directives. Dynamic health care market forces includeing public-private collaborations as well as , large organizational entrepreneurial efforts ands i as well as innovative solutions provided by smaller start-up companies. I increasingly, initiatives funded are funded by venture capital investment which continue to emerge and gain momentum. Concurrently, the need for social determinants of health data and the growing opioid abuse crisis require new ways of thinking about public health data and related issues. These factors and others are driving fundamental and impactful advances as well as exposing informatics gaps in many facets of healthcare, public, and population health domains.

In this pre-symposium w workshop we propose to lead and facilitate dynamic sharing of ideas and understanding of the evolving health care ecosystem encompassing community, public, population and patient-centric health care. We anticipate faculty, presenters, and participants alike will experience engaging and insightful discussion of current challenges and innovative solutions as well as new perspectives for advancing future public and population health informatics. Further development of consensus statements to advance progress in these areas will be developed and communicated broadly.

More specifically, timely issues to be included in the session topics that are associated with advancing population health outcomes in clinical care settings and public health such as population health management dashboards in supporting surveillance needs; connecting registries in clinical care, in Public Health Agencies and in Health Information Exchanges, as well as other organizations; using population data for the public good; public health challenges with meaningful use (MU); decision support for reporting and population health professionalsworkers; implementation of bi-directionaling two way“ reporting” between public health and healthcare; population health informatics needs for chronic disease management and prevention; community health interventions, and other emerging topics.

Learning Objective 1: Appraise the status of health information technology in public and population health practice and propose solutions to advance the benefits of health information technology, and the community partnerships from the use of this technology, for fundamental and pressing population and public health issues. Demonstrate hands on population and public health informatics applications which illustrate major progress, innovation and, or barriers (e.g., case studies, automation, and improving timeliness). Demonstrate hands on population and public health informatics applications which illustrate major progress, innovation and, or barriers (e.g., case studies, automation, and improving timeliness)

Learning Objective 2: Participants will:
Outline the gaps and challenges of the existing population and public health informatics research and propose and explore innovative solutions to bridge these gaps.
Formulate collaborative objectives by expanding the bounds of community health status measures that integrates mental, social, and physical health.


Christina Stephan (Presenter)
Children's Mercy Hospital

Roland Gamache (Presenter)
Population Health Informatics Solutions

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