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The National Health Information Infrastructure

John R. Lumpkin and Mary Jo Deering

in Health Statistics

Published in print July 2005 | ISBN: 9780195149289
Published online September 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780199865130 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195149289.003.0020
The National Health Information Infrastructure

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This chapter shows how the evolving definition of health is reflected in the need for the development of a National Health Information Infrastructure (NHII) in the United States. In terms of technology, the NHII will consist of an electronic web of computer and communications technologies. But the NHII will extend far beyond its technical infrastructure, and will include “values, practices, relationships, laws, standards, systems, [and] applications.” The NHII will focus on finding the tools and structures, some technological and others not, to improve knowledge exchange and communication on a broad range of health issues, including health care, population health, and consumer health.

Keywords: NHII; population health; health statistics; communications technologies; consumer health

Chapter.  8072 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology

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