Title: 'Are You Ready for Electronic Health Information Exchange?'
Track: -
Keyword(s): health information technology interoperability EHR
Learning Objectives:
  1. Describe health information exchange and interoperability between EHDI information systems and clinical electronic health record (EHR) systems.
  2. Identify factors that increase the capability of an EHDI program or public health agency for interoperability with clinical EHR systems.
  3. Consider strategies for securing support from internal agency stakeholders including information technology staff and senior leadership.


The National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities at CDC has partnered with the Public Health Informatics Institute (PHII) to improve EHDI efforts by enhancing state and territorial public health agencies’ capability to exchange information with electronic health record systems. The increasing use of electronic health records (EHRs) is leading to dramatic advances in public health surveillance and interventions. State public health EHDI programs are adopting techniques to make their systems interoperable with EHRs to improve screening, diagnosis, treatment, and follow-up. However, significant barriers to interoperability between public health systems and clinical EHRs remain. These include insufficient adoption of standard coding systems and data exchange approaches. When EHDI and EHR systems are not interoperable, opportunities to assess hearing loss prevalence and assure care are lost. For this effort, we are defining interoperability as the ability to exchange data accurately, effectively, and consistently, and to use the information that has been exchanged. During this pre-meeting session, PHII staff will guide representatives from state/territorial EHDI programs through an organizational self-assessment activity designed to improve their readiness for electronic information exchange with clinical partners. Agencies completing the assessment will have a better understanding of current capabilities for EHR-EHDI interoperability and what practices and resources could be adopted for more effective information sharing with clinical partners.
Presentation: Sunday_Segell_200_JamesJellison_1732.pdf

Handouts: Handout_1732JamesJellison.pdf
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James Jellison - Primary Presenter,POC
Public Health Informatics Institute
     Credentials: MPH, East Tennessee State University
      As an analyst for the Public Health Informatics Institute, Jim collaborates with public health agencies and their partners to assess informatics needs and recommend approaches to apply information effectively. Areas of expertise include surveillance, epidemiology, business process improvement, systems analysis, and health information technology standards. Jim is an alumnus of the CDC Public Health Informatics Fellowship Program where he worked with the National Environmental Public Health Tracking Network. Prior to the fellowship, Jim worked for the Nashville TN local public health agency developing informatics infrastructure for geographic information systems, infectious disease surveillance, emergency preparedness, and environmental health. Jim holds a Master of Public Health degree concentrating in Epidemiology from East Tennessee State University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in the Social Sciences from Michigan State University.

Financial - No relevant financial relationship exist.

Nonfinancial - No relevant nonfinancial relationship exist.