Public Health Informatics Program (PHIP)
Public health informatics is the systematic application of information and computer science and technology to public health practices, research and learning.
The Public Health Informatics Program within the Center for Health Statistics and Informatics is responsible for the enterprise collaboration of public health informatics across the California Department of Public Health (CDPH). The Public Health Informatics Program establishes an interdisciplinary environment that supports innovative research into information strategies and technologies to improve the health of the public in California.
PHIP supports communication and planning efforts with public health programs and related stakeholders in preparation of wide-scale implementations of Electronic Health Record (EHR) and Health Information Exchange (HIE) technology in California driven by federal stimulus funding and associated grant opportunities for Health IT initiatives.
For more information see the eHealth in Public Health web page.
PHIP serves CDPH in the coordination and development of activities in the following enterprise program areas and initiatives.
Leads the planning efforts and enterprise initiatives in Health Information Technology and Health Information Exchange adoption.
Coordinates the development of enterprise and statewide policy related to informatics and data sharing.
Enhances programs, services, and communications with current and emerging technology that can be shared at the state and local levels.
Increases internal coordination with respect to use and management of data and information.
Identifies opportunities to consolidate, coordinate, and integrate informatics-related programs and services.
Establishes enterprise GIS architecture, policies, and standards.
Administers CDPH Geospatial Data Library.
Develops applications on the ArcGIS Server platform to provide interactive mapping applications and custom GIS applications.
Coordinates with the Information Technology Services Division to incorporate GIS templates and integrated applications on CDPH web pages.
Coordinates CDPH enterprise GIS activities and shared resources.
Coordinates with other state agencies and departments; local, regional, and federal governments.
Participates in statewide efforts led by the California Geographic Information Officer and the Office of the State CIO.
Provides training opportunities for CDPH GIS users and interested program staff.
Facilitates use and development of GIS tools.
Provides coordination for data standards and interoperability among CDPH and state agencies.
Coordinates purchases of shared software and spatial data for the CDPH enterprise.
Provides consultation and strategic planning for further development and implementation of GIS technology across CDPH.
The Public Health Informatics Program provides CDPH with opportunities for recruitment of candidates from national and California-based public health fellowship and internship programs. Public Health Informatics training opportunities benefit CDPH through the introduction of talented, graduate-level students that bring current, Informatics skill sets in support of relevant departmental projects and issues. PHIP also provides informatics training opportunities for current public health employees to fill critical workforce needs in the area of Public Health Informatics.
For more information, see the Informatics Workforce and Training web page.
The California Health and Human Services Agency (CHHSA) and the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) are proud recipients of the Common Ground Requirements Development Grant with a focus on chronic disease health informatics. Recent developments in health information technology have created tremendous opportunities for public health agencies. Common Ground: Transforming Public Health Information Systems, a three-year, $15 million national initiative by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), builds on these developments to help public health agencies improve their business processes and enhance the way they communicate and work with the health care system.
The California Department of Public Health has been awarded the National Public Health Improvement Initiative (previously called the Strengthening Public Health Infrastructure for Improved Health Outcomes Grant) for Components I and II by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).