Using Electronic Health Data for Community Health – Part 1

Using Electronic Health Data for Community Health - Part 1


This All In webinar featured presentations from leadership at Johns Hopkins University and the Network for Public Health Law. As authors of a recent deBeaumont Foundation report, Using Electronic Health Data for Community Health, they discussed the legal underpinnings of data sharing between health systems and public health departments.

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In the second webinar in the series, participants will be able to submit scenarios or challenges they have faced when planning to or sharing data between health systems and public health agencies and then the presenters will provide guidance and suggestions. Participants are encouraged to submit case studies, regardless of what stage of the process they are in, and these submissions can be anonymous.

Additional Resources

 Join the EHR in PH User Group to continue the discussion with peers. 

Read a summary of the questions asked by participants during the webinar and the answers provided by the presenters.
This report, funded by the de Beaumont Foundation and produced by Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in partnership with the Network of Public Health Law, provides a roadmap for how to overcome perceived barriers to using electronic health data for public health activities.

This guide, produced by Data Across Sectors for Health (DASH) serves as a starting point for non-health sector professionals who want to further investigate the health care data available in their local communities and consider how to best leverage it to tackle priorities identified by multi-sector partnerships.

Certain factual information about data to be shared and circumstances and conditions for sharing is neeeded to evaluate proposed data sharing. This checklist from the Network for Public Health Law assists public health practitioners in providing relevant factual information to resolve questions about proposed data collection, access, and sharing.

Under HIPAA, health information that can be used to identify an individual is considered protected health information (PHI). This list from the Network for Public Health Law provides several resources related to regulating and properly de-identifying data to promote sharing of meaningful data while reducing the risk of revealing PHI.