Projects

50-State Assessment of Public Health Data Exchange Policies and Capabilities

2021–2023

Project Overview

Objective

To assess and identify opportunities to improve state policies and practices on the data that health care systems report to public health agencies.

Project Motivation

State and local public health officials need timely and accurate data from health care facilities, laboratories, and providers to spot risks in and tailor services to each community. Examining how well current policies and practices support this goal will guide efforts to improve public health data reporting.

Prepared For

The Pew Charitable Trusts and Mathematica are working together to understand public health reporting policies and practices throughout the United States.
Mathematica is working with The Pew Charitable Trusts, the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists and the American Immunization Registry Association to assess the policies and practices of data exchange for public health in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and New York City. This work will inform Pew's efforts to improve reporting of public health data and serve as the basis for research publications on state laws and regulations, data systems, and processes for electronic case reporting, electronic lab reporting, syndromic surveillance, and immunization information systems. This research will also be a resource for public health agencies and policymakers.

To collect information for this assessment, Pew contracted with Mathematica to interview state public health surveillance leaders and legal counsel beginning summer 2022. These interviews build on an earlier scan of state public health websites and other public resources conducted in summer 2021.

Learn more about Pew’s Public Health Data Improvement project.

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Genna Cohen

Genna Cohen

Senior Researcher

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Monica Huang

Monica Huang

Researcher

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Paul Messino

Paul Messino

Principal Researcher

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Eduardo Rey

Eduardo Rey

Advisory Services Analyst

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Kelsey Ruane

Kelsey Ruane

Advisory Services Analyst

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Catherine Turvey

Catherine Turvey

Advisory Services Analyst

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Caroline Mack

Caroline Mack

Research Associate

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