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Daniel J. Friedman, Edward L. Hunter, and R. Gibson Parrish

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780195149289

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195149289.001.0001

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The National Health Information Infrastructure

The National Health Information Infrastructure

Chapter:
(p.480) Chapter 20 The National Health Information Infrastructure
Source:
Health Statistics
Author(s):

John R. Lumpkin

Mary Jo Deering

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195149289.003.0020

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

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