Informatics self-assessment tool for public health laboratories
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Informatics self-assessment tool for public health laboratories

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      The purpose of this self-assessment tool is to enable Public Health Laboratories (PHLs) to have a comprehensive understanding and assessment of their current informatics capabilities. Use of this tool will help PHLs identify key gaps in their informatics capabilities, identify actions they may wish to take to strengthen those capabilities, and demonstrate improvement in efficiencies to policymakers.

      Informatics is critically important to PHLs’ efficiency and their vital role in protecting Americans from infectious diseases, environmental dangers, and other health threats. But rapidly evolving information technology, restructuring of the nation’s health system, and strained government budgets pose complex challenges to attaining essential informatics capability. Further, the limited funding available for public health laboratory informatics has focused on program-specific applications, not on a laboratory’s cross-cutting informatics system.

      This self-assessment tool gives PHL professionals new ability to identify and plan in a comprehensive, systems-oriented manner for the informatics capabilities they need. This is also the first initiative that has sought to measure overall informatics capabilities in PHLs. This tool will help PHL professionals prioritize the use of existing resources, document and communicate laboratory priorities to policymakers, and monitor laboratories’ informatics capabilities on an on-going basis. Because concerned PHL directors, senior staff, and informatics experts guided development of the self-assessment, this tool can be seen as representing best-practice benchmarks and standards.

      This publication was supported by Cooperative Agreement # U60HM000803 from CDC and/or Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response. Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of CDC and/or Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response. Funding for the program was funded 100% from federal funds.

      Suggested citation: Association of Public Health Laboratories (APHL); Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Laboratory Efficiencies Initiative: informatics self-assessment tool for public health laboratories. Silver Spring, MD; APHL; 2013.

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