Resources

Webinar

Exploring HL7 v2 – A Walk Through the Base Standard and Messages

In the first part of this webinar we describe the different types of HL7 V2 messages and their trigger events, and lastly go over how to read an HL7 V2 result message. In the second part of this webinar we look at where to find the documentation of the standard, what it contains and how to read it. As you become more familiar with the technical aspects of newborn screening interoperability, it will be important to be able to navigate the base standard and read the documentation on how to construct and use v2 messages. Total length: 57 min 32 sec.

Training

Introduction to Interoperability, Standards and HL7

Author: INBSI (Kaitlin Houlihan, Marina Goulas, Craig Newman)

Type: Webinar

Length: 60 minutes

Competencies: Interoperability and Standards

Learning Objectives:

  • Define interoperability and its benefits
  • Define what a standard is and the different types of standards
  • Describe how HL7 is organized and how to get involved in HL7

Sections:

  • Introduction to Interoperability (starting at 3 minutes)
  • Introduction to Standards (starting at 21 minutes)
  • What is HL7? (starting at 31 minutes)

Self Assessment

Interoperability for Public Health Agencies: A Self-assessment Tool

Authors: Public Health Informatics Institute
Description: Interoperability is defined as the ability of different information technology systems and software applications to communicate, exchange data, and use the information that has been exchanged. This companion to the Informatics-savvy Health Department Self-assessment allows agencies to score and assess their own interoperability capacity. 

Self Assessment

The informatics-savvy Health Department Self-Assessment Tool

Authors: Public Health Informatics Institute
Description: This self-assessment tool will be the chief focus of the stakeholder group convened to assess the agency. It allows the stakeholders to move through each component of the Capability Maturity Model and score their agency on individual capacities to inform future capacity building activities.

Self Assessment

Informatics Self-Assessment Tool for Public Health Laboratories

Authors: Association of Public Health Laboratories, Laboratory Efficiencies Initiative, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Type: A self-assessment tool
Description: Launched in 2013 by APHL and the CDC's Division of Laboratory Systems, the Informatics Self-Assessment Tool has been recently revised to better meet user requirements. The tool allows public health laboratories to assess strengths and gaps in informatics capability by addressing 19 critical operational areas.

Self Assessment

Increasing Capability for EHDI-EHR Interoperability: A self-assessment tool

Authors: Public Health Informatics Institute
Description: The National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has partnered with the Public Health Informatics Institute (PHII) to develop a self-assessment activity designed to increase the EHDI program’s capability to exchange electronic health information with clinical electronic health record systems (EHRs).

Training

HL7 Fundamentals

THIS IS A PAID COURSE

Cost: See HL7 website (discount for HL7 members)
Author: HL7 International
Type: Self-paced online course
Time Length: 12 weeks, 5-7 hours of work per week
Competencies: Standards
Learning Objectives: 

  • Confront a project involving interoperability among disjointed healthcare information systems
  • Read the most widely used HL7 standards
  • Understand the need for controlled vocabularies, master files, and entity registries
  • Read and write V2.X messages
  • Read and write CDA® R2 documents
  • Identify FHIR® specifications and resources
  • Decide when to use each artifact (messages, documents)

Training

Designing and Managing Public Health Information Systems

THIS IS A PAID COURSE

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Author: Informatics Academy, Public Health Informatics Institute
Cost: See Informatics Academy website
Type: Instructor-support distance learning course
Time Length: 8 weeks, refer to the link for upcoming dates
Competencies: Strategy & Communication, Project Management
Learning Objectives: 

  • Understand best practices in informatics and apply them to your informatics projects.
  • List the guiding principles of the IT lifecycle and apply them to your informatics projects.
  • Build effective collaborative relationships with your team members.
  • Define the purpose of the IT Lifecycle.
  • Identify the different roles of people involved in an informatics project and the related responsibilities.
  • Describe, for each phase in the IT Lifecycle, its purpose, outputs, key tasks, barriers/challenges, and exit criteria.
  • Identify where the project is in the IT Lifecycle given a description of a project’s current status.
  • Describe the risks associated with not adequately completing each phase of the IT Lifecycle given a description of a project’s current status.

Toolkit

Newborn Screening Coding and Terminology Guide

Description: Website includes standard codes and terminology for newborn tests and the conditions for which they screen

Toolkit

Reframing Public Health Informatics: A communications Toolkit

Authors: Public Health Informatics Institute, Frameworks Institute
Competencies: Strategy & Communication

  • Description: Define, describe, and communicate the field of public health informatics - what it is, how it works, and why its contributions are so important to achieving the goal of improved population health.

Toolkit

Building Blocks: Newborn Screening Health IT Implementation Guide and Toolkit | NewSTEPs

Link: Building Blocks: Newborn Screening Health IT Implementation Guide and Toolkit | NewSTEPs
Author: NewSTEPs, J Michael Consulting
Competencies: Implementation, Standards, Interoperability

  • Description: Addresses the diverse audiences related to initiating and sustaining this project and outlines steps needed to set up electronic messaging with partners. Provides practical information to project teams that are instituting electronic messaging for NBS programs.

Training

Why Clinical Terminology Matters

Author: David Markwell, SNOMED
Type: Webinar
Time Length: 33 Minutes 
Competencies: Standards, Interoperability
Learning Objectives:

  • Understand what clinical terminology is
  • Describe the use of standardized clinical terminology
  • Describe simple first steps for using the standardized clinical terminology

Training

Evaluation for Public Health Informatics

Author: Dr. Kelley Chester, Council of State & Territorial Epidemiologists
Type: Webinar
Time Length: 35 Minutes 
Competencies: Evaluation & Analysis
Learning Objectives:

  • Define evaluation in the context of public health informatics and discuss why evaluation is necessary.
  • Discuss the difference between Formative and Summative evaluation.
  • Define models that guide Public Health Informaticians regarding what to evaluate.
  • Describe a framework and strategy for evaluating public health information systems.
  • Describe the steps for conducting an evaluation utilizing an existing evaluation framework.

Training

Introduction to Laboratory Informatics: Life of a Result

Authors: CDC, APHL
Type: Self-paced Module
Time Length: 2 Hours
Competencies: Standards, Interoperability, Evaluation & Analysis
Learning Objectives:

  • Identify where and how data and results are stored inside the laboratory.
  • Recognize how data and results can follow to impact the health of individual patients and the public.
  • Recognize how the proper recording, coding, storage, and transmission of data and result can impact patient care and public health.
  • Identify what data standards are used, their purpose, and the components involved.
  • Explain what Electronic Test Orders and Results (ETOR), Electronic Laboratory Reporting (ELR), and Electronic Health Record (EHR) are and how they differ.

Training

Introduction to Laboratory Informatics: Life of a Specimen

Authors: CDC, APHL
Type: Self-paced Module
Time Length: 2 Hours
Competencies: Standards, Interoperability, Evaluation & Analysis
Learning Objectives:

  • Recognize what laboratory informatics is and how it directly supports patient care and public health goals.
  • Identify who plays a role in laboratory informatics and explain the purpose of each role.
  • Identify the sequence of data and information flow within the laboratory from specimen collection/receipt to specimen storage/disposal.
  • Recognize the importance of data quality and data factors that impact data quality.
  • Identify the different types of data standards and the importance of using those standards.
  • Define what Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS) and Laboratory Information System (LIS) are, their capabilities, and how they differ from other systems used in the laboratory.

Training

Key Concepts and Terminology in Public Health Informatics

Author: Dr. Kelley Chester, Council of State & Territorial Epidemiologists
Type: Webinar
Time Length: 1 Hour
Competency: Standards, Interoperability, Business Analysis
Learning Objectives:

  • Define public health informatics.
  • Discuss the value proposition for public health informatics.
  • Define business process analysis.
  • Describe the role of business process analysis in public health informatics.
  • Describe the role of standards relevant to informatics projects and public health information systems.
  • Discuss contemporary topics in public health informatics, such as Meaningful Use, electronic lab reporting, and electronic case reporting.

Training

Getting Started with CDRM (Informatics)

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Author: Informatics Academy, Public Health Informatics Institute
Type: Series of short videos with links to additional resources
Time Length: 30 minutes
Competencies: Business Analysis
Learning Objectives: 

  • Describe the three phases of PHII's Collaborative Requirements Development Methodology. Describe the importance of defining information needs and documenting work processes.

Training

Communicating Informatics

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Author: Informatics Academy, Public Health Informatics Institute
Type: Series of short videos
Time Length: 5 minutes
Competencies: Strategy & Communication
Learning Objectives:

  • Describe public health informatics using analogies to logistics, architecture, and translation. 

Training

Informatics for Everyone

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Author: Informatics Academy, Public Health Informatics Institute
Type: Series of short videos
Time Length: 15 minutes
Competencies: Strategy & Communication
Learning Objectives: 

  • Describe public health informatics in action from three perspectives: the practitioner, program manager, and senior leader.

Training

Communicating the Value of Public Health Informatics

Author: Dr. Kelley Chester, Council of State & Territorial Epidemiologists
Type: Webinar
Time Length: 40 Minutes
Competencies: Strategy & Communication
Learning Objectives:

  • Define the 7 Principles of Effective Communication.
  • Define and communicate informatics to technical and non-technical audiences.
  • Describe the essentials of a good elevator speech.
  • Discuss knowledge overlaps and gaps and how to communicate and engage with stakeholders.