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Environmental Public Health Tracking Network vision
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    National Center for Environmental Health (U.S.). Division of Environmental Hazards and Health Effects. ; Science Applications International Corporation ;
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    Version 1.0, 10/20/2004

    This document provides a vision for the Environmental Public Health Tracking (EPHT) Network. The document is designed to 1) describe, at a conceptual level, the function and purpose of the EPHT Network, 2) provide a profile of the stakeholders and users of the Network, and 3) outline the major features of the EPHT Network.

    Linking environmental and public health systems is currently very complex and time-consuming due to a lack of coordination, communication, and standards. The EPHT Program has been established to address the issues of environmental public health tracking. The EPHT Network will make data and tools available to support the EPHT Program and other public health and environmental health programs. It will be a distributed, secure, web-based network that will provide access to environmental and health data that are collected by a wide variety of agencies. The Network will comprise of individual state networks and a national network, and will comply with Public Health Information Network (PHIN) standards and be able to exchange data with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Exchange Network, where applicable. It will also implement a common data “vocabulary” for environmental public health tracking to improve collaboration and allow direct electronic data sharing. The EPHT Network will provide access to environmental, health, and linked environmental-health data from both centralized and de- centralized data stores and repositories, and it will support data exchanges and data linkages at local, state, regional, and national levels.

    This document has been developed by Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) under a contract with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – Department of Health and Human Services.


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