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Nationwide Health Information Network now carries public health data
Date:9/21/2010

INDIANAPOLIS One hundred and sixty-six years after Samuel Morse used dots and dashes to telegraph "What hath God wrought?" opening up a whole new world of communication, Indiana has become the first state in the nation to use a potentially equally revolutionary tool, the Nationwide Health Information Network, to convey public health information to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

In the historic 2010 transmission, de-identified information on new cases of influenza, pneumonia, and influenza-like illness was gathered from 76 emergency departments across the state and sent to CDC by the Regenstrief Institute on behalf of the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH).

The Nationwide Health Information Network facilitates sharing of data simultaneously with the Indiana State Department of Health and, with state concurrence, CDC. This type of data sharing can result in more timely identification and characterization of emerging public health events that cross state boundaries and may lead to improved multi-state and federal situation awareness.

"Leading health informatics applications like the Nationwide Health Information Network can have significant positive impact on public health in Indiana by revolutionizing the way the State Department of Health and our partners, such as CDC and Regenstrief, share and report data," said State Health Commissioner Gregory N. Larkin, M.D. "Timely and efficient reporting of data is essential to the Indiana State Department of Health's disease surveillance and investigation."

The Nationwide Health Information Network enables secure health information exchange over the Internet and provides a foundation for the exchange of health information within communities and across the country. In addition to enabling health information to follow an individual and to be available for clinical decisions, it had been envisioned that the Nationwide Health Information Network would ta
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Contact: Cindy Fox Aisen
caisen@iupui.edu
317-274-7722
Indiana University School of Medicine
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