Using Electronic Health Record Data for Healthy Weight Surveillance in Children, San Diego, California, 2014

Published in: Preventing Chronic Disease: Public Health Research, Practice, and Policy, 2016; DOI: 10.5888/pcd13.150422

Posted on RAND.org on March 15, 2016

by Ashley M. Kranz, Deidre K. Browner, Lindsey McDermid, Thomas R. Coleman, Wilma J. Wooten

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The expanded use of electronic health records (EHRs) provides new opportunities to monitor population health at the local level. Meaningful use objectives in the Medicare and Medicaid EHR incentive programs promote public health departments' use of EHR data for establishing registries, conducting syndromic surveillance, and monitoring reportable conditions. Additionally, the federal government illustrated the use of aggregated EHR data, through electronic clinical quality measures (eCQMs), to assess blood pressure control and encouraged further use of eCQMs for population health surveillance

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