CDC awards $ 4.37 million to improve public health capabilities in informatics

The has announced and awarded $4.37 million in grants to enhance health care information management and to improve the detection of and response to emerging public health threats. The grants will fund four new Centers of Excellence in Public Health Informatics, at Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, Indiana University, the University of Pittsburgh, and the University of Utah.

According to the press release, the overall purpose of the center of excellence initiative is to discover strategies and tools that increase the ability of health departments, physicians and other health care providers to promote health and prevent diseases, injuries or disabilities. These centers will support the CDC national priorities.  A common emphasis will be translation of results into measurable public health impacts.

Each center of excellence will conduct two new projects that support national priorities in informatics, and support real-time biosurveillance for potential health threats through immediate access to data from hospitals and health care systems in major metropolitan areas across the nation.

(SOURCES: AHA News Now, http://ahanews.com, September 25, 2009; Center for Disease Control and Prevention, http://cdc.gov, accessed September 29, 2009)