In recognition of National Health IT Week (Oct. 8-14), NACCHO penned a blog post to join champions from across the industry in uniting to share our voices on how health IT is catalyzing change in public health and healthcare. The blog post recaps key takeaways from our 2018 Public Health Informatics Conference, which we hosted in August to explore how to better connect systems and people to improve population health. Below is an excerpt from the post:
“If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.”
This African proverb set the tone for this year’s Public Health Informatics (PHI) Conference on how we can work together to move public health informatics forward.
At the local, state, and federal levels, public health continues to face challenges – from budget constraints to workforce shortages to shifting priorities – that can make it difficult to expand the reach of services and resources. These barriers aren’t going away anytime soon. But, we can overcome them by combining our strengths and expertise to improve the collection, analysis, assessment, dissemination and application of data to make people healthier.