Public health informatics has become critical at this time because of improvements in information technology, new challenges to the public health system, and changes in the medical care delivery system. Although there are numerous ways In which information science and technology can Improve public health practice, there are three areas that represent grand challenges for public health Informatics: developing coherent, between public health and clinical care; and addressing pervasive concerns about the impact of information technology on confidentiality and privacy.
The first step is recognition of the need for public health informatics.The confluence of improved information systems and technologies, new challenges to the public health system, and changes in the medical care system presents a unique opportunity, to not only improve the efficiency and effectiveness of public health practice, but to transform fundamentally some aspects of public health practice itself. We believe the new and evolving discipline of public health informatics is the key to systematically and scientifically exploiting this opportunity to the benefit of the publics health (William, Carroll, Kook, Linking, and Kilojoules, 2000, pig. 72. William A. Yahoo’s, Patrick W. Carroll, Denies Kook, Robert W.
Linking, and Edwin M. Kilojoules. “Public Health Informatics: Improving and Transforming Public Health in the Information Age”. Journal of Public Health Management Practice, 2000, 6(6), 67-75.
Hi Offense, Nice post! Disease management requires individuals to commit a substantial amount of time and effort to improving their health care practices. Thus, patients need to be encouraged to enroll in a program. Communicating the benefits of disease management is one way to do this. Another common challenge for disease management is low patient compliance. Patient compliance ranges widely among populations with different chronic conditions.Some patients are set in their ways and find the care plans oppressive, while others may not fully trust the program (Atonement, Barr, Salted, 2001). Financial incentives may be needed to encourage both program participation and compliance. Some programs offer extra benefits, reduced co-payments, free supplies, or discount vouchers for disease-specific supplies (Atkinson, 2002).
Atonement, A. , A. Barr, and R. Salted (2001). “A New Model for Disease Management,” The McKinney Quarterly, Autumn. Atkinson, W. (2002).
“Making Disease Management Work,” Heartwarming, January