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Public Health Data Standards Consortium
111 South Calvert Street
Baltimore, MD 21202

Executive Director
Anna Orlova, PhD

Project Manager
Alla Fridman

Partner description

The Public Health Data Standards Consortium (PHDSC, The Consortium) is a national, non-profit, membership-based organization of federal, state, and local health agencies, professional associations, academia, public and private sector organizations, international members, and individuals. The Consortium is committed to bringing a common voice from the public health community to the national efforts of standardization of health information technology (HIT) and population health data in order to improve individual and community health.

Selected CDC-funded projects

  • Assure HIT standards for public health laboratory data exchange: This project aims to enable real-time electronic information communication between laboratories, public health agencies, and clinicians by operationalizing existing HIT standards for laboratory information for purposes of public health preparedness. This includes 1) assessment of laboratory flows for situational awareness (routing laboratory reporting) and emergency reporting; 2) harmonization of respective standards for laboratory data exchanges; 3) development of methods and tools for testing these standards; and 4) development of certification criteria for interoperable HIT laboratory products and contribution to the establishment of a certification process for standards-based HIT products for by collaborating with the Public Health Information Network and the Certification Commission for HIT. In addition, PHDSC will work with key stakeholders (local, state, and federal public health agencies, healthcare organizations, public health professional associations, and HIT vendors) to develop a strategy for deploying certified HIT solutions that may support laboratory data exchange for situational awareness and emergency response.
  • Assure HIT standards for public health: The Consortium is working to engage public health stakeholders, specifically local and state agencies, in the national HIT standardization efforts by focusing on outreach activities related to implementation of the PHDSC Business Case: Role of Public Health in National HIT Standardization [PDF-305KB] and educational/informational activities through the web-based Resource Center on public health in HIT standardization.
  • Assure HIT standards for public health — Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI) program: PHDSC works with the International Standards Organization and Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise to expand testing methods and tools for HIT products to support electronic health information exchanges in the EHDI domain. These efforts are aimed at fostering awareness, partnerships, and collaboration at the local, state, and national levels in developing HIT standards for EHDI information exchanges with clinical electronic health record systems (EHR-S), as well as enabling the integration of EHDI information systems to meet the health data needs of public and private organizations, agencies, and individuals.
  • Health data standards development for administrative data exchanges: PHDSC supports participation of public health representatives at the Accredited Standard Committee X12 and the National Uniform Billing Committee to assure administrative data standards meet public health needs. PHDSC is developing a white paper on Populating Administrative Data from the Electronic Health Records Systems and will support mapping the All Payer Claim Database terminologies to the U.S. Health Information Knowledgebase.
  • Public health functional requirements project: The PHDSC Electronic Health Records-Public Health Task Force documented functional requirements and conformance criteria for public health data exchanges with EHR-S. The work included a detailed analysis of the Health Level Seven EHR-S Functional Model Release 1.1 for three public health domains: EHDI, vital records, and cancer. Over the next year, PHDSC will work with the state EHDI programs to develop a methodology for translating functional requirements into criteria for certifying EHR-S interoperability with public health information systems. These efforts will enable certification process of clinical EHR-S and public health information systems. PHDSC anticipates expanding this work in the future to include other public health domains, including public health laboratory data exchanges and birth defects.

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