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Standards and Interoperability Enterprise Services


Development of interoperable public health data standards provides a platform for exchange of information across all programs; it creates opportunity for improvement of national health through the meaningful use of Health IT.  One challenge for improving the core public health business function is the interoperability limitations of their knowledgebase in terms of concepts and terminology.  By participating in the advancement of public health knowledgebase and directly influencing the public health impact, the CDC-wide standardization enterprise service may fullfill one of the CDC core mission functions.



The goal of the CDC public health IT standards and interoperability enterprise service is to advance public health capacity for electronic exchange of health information to support public health surveillance and to improve the preventive care, health promotion and health education by assuring interoperable resources exist in public health practice and informatics.



  1. Facilitate development of CDC strategies and policies regarding HIT standards and interoperability
  2. Support the use of interoperable health IT information through development and promotion of standards and re-usable solutions
  3. Act as a liaison between OSELS and CDC internal and external partners for a discussion of national/international standardization activities
  4. Provide scientific assistance to CDC, federal, state and local programs in development and deployment of interoperable HIT solutions.
  5. Educate public HIT users regarding national and CDC standardization activities.


Current Activities:

  1. Engaging partners in development of a vision and strategies for public health IT standardization.
  2. Standardization support of HIT meaningful use Stage 1 activities.
  3. Facilitating CDC response on development and implementation of interoperable standards for meaningful use for Stages 2 and 3.
  4. Facilitating participation of PHIN VADS in development of standard vocabulariess
  5. Coordinating development and implementation of messaging guides for electronic data exchange.
  6. CDC representation at national standard development bodies (i.e., HL7, IHE etc.)


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