Public Health Information Technology

Strengthening Public Health IT Infrastructure

As the quantity of public health data increases, challenges and opportunities abound. How can we prevent siloed data, ensure timely reporting, and leverage new technologies to better understand an expanding health information landscape? Drawing on two decades of experience advancing health information exchange and interoperability, Altarum is committed to strengthening the public health information technology infrastructure and workforce capacity. We collaborate with our state and federal partners to identify gaps in the existing structure, formulate strategies, and implement real-world solutions.

As recognized experts in the following areas, our cross-functional team of software engineers, data scientists, and public health analysts develop holistic public health solutions. 

  • Data modernization
  • Disease surveillance systems and registries
  • Public health interoperability
  • Health information technology

Explore our impactful work below.

Our Public Health IT Expertise in Practice

A newborn baby's foot, after receive one of the three primary newborn screen procedures after birth, the heel stick blood test.
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Improving Newborn Screening Through Interoperability

Altarum is providing technical assistance to states to advance connectivity between state public health newborn screening programs and health care providers.

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Enhancing Cancer Surveillance Efforts by Validating Cancer Data Quality

Altarum is improving the speed and accuracy of cancer data submission to enable scientists and public health officials across Michigan to have efficient and prompt access high-quality data.

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Public Health Interoperability Training Resource Catalog

Together with a group of committed volunteers, Altarum administers a single-source, easily-accessible library of public health interoperability training resources.

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Michigan Syndromic Surveillance System

Michigan Syndromic Surveillance System (MSSS)

Syndromic surveillance detects unusual or sudden increases in patients reporting symptoms that could signal public health threats—providing states with an early warning before diagnoses are available.

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Building a Better Health Data Security Risk Assessment Tool

We work with HHS to develop a more robust and user-friendly tool to help small practices comply with the HIPAA Security Rule.

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Our Public Health IT Experts

Sandra Marshall
Director of Public Health Interoperability and IT Systems
Raj Borde
Software Engineering Director, Public Health Interoperability and IT Systems