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The ICD-10 Transition
As of Oct. 1, 2013 any entity that is covered by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), will be required to adopt ICD-10-CM (Clinical Modifications) and ICD-10-PCS (Procedure Coding System) Final Rule (CMS-0013-F).  ICD-10-CM is the updated diagnosis code revision to ICD-9-CM. The ICD-10-CM will allow for more codes to be produced and will benefit in epidemiological tracking.The following page has important resources for the ICD-10 transition.  More »
NACCHO's Recommendations for Local Health Departments and Regional Extension Centers
NACCHO Public Health Informatics along with its workgroup has prepared two documents addressing the top eight things local health departments (LHDs) should know about the HITECH Act and the top seven things regional extension centers (RECs) should know about LHDs. NACCHO strongly encourages LHDs and RECs to act on the recommendations shown in these documents.

Health Information Technology Opportunities for Local Health Departments [Policy Highlight]
NACCHO surveyed and interviewed members to get more information about HIT needs in local health departments. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) supported NACCHO's effort to produce the 2010 NACCHO Informatics Needs Assessment, the most complete source of data about health information technology and informatics in local health departments today. The survey results indicate a need for major changes in the way local health departments access and use these tools. The Health Information Technology Opportunities for Local Health Departments document highlights these important recommendations. More »
Novel H1N1 and the Use of HIT within the Chicago Department of Public Health
One of NACCHO's informatics advisory group members, Deborah Anderson, has coauthored this article about how her local health department made use of the Health Alert Network (HAN) during the spring outbreak of H1N1. Though users were happy with how the HAN was used for H1N1, the Chicago Department of Public Health has identified ways that it could be improved. More »
What is Public Health Informatics
Want to know a bit more about public health informatics  In addition to the webinar held on April 30, 2009, the following document provides a little bit of information for those new to the field. More »
NACCHO Informatics Advisory Workgroup Logic Model
NACCHO's informatics advisory workgroup has identified key short-, medium-, and long-term goals for public health informatics.  These goals shaped the key activities that have been set for 2009–10.  More »
American Recovery and Reinvestment Act 2009 (the Stimulus Package)
NACCHO has prepared a basic overview of some of the informatics opportunities that exist for LHDs in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. More »
Regional Extension Center Finder
The Office of the National Coordinator for Information Technology has a resource for those in search of their local regional extension centers (RECs). The RECs will support and serve healthcare providers to help them adopt and become meaningful users of electronic health records. RECs can provide support services to those LHDs providing primary care services. Simply enter your zip code to find the closest REC. More »
HITECH Grant Recipient Map
On Feb. 17, 2009, President Obama passed a $787 billion bill called the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. Included in this law is $19.2 billion for the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act, which is intended to improve individual and population health outcomes through the adoption of electronic health records (EHRs) and exchange of health information. NACCHO's Public Health Informatics team has created a database of those who have been awarded grants under the HITECH Act. The information can be viewed by state and will be continuously updated. If you are a recipient of a HITECH grant, or know of any additional information not currently displayed, please send us any information that could help us keep the map accurate and up to date. The information will allow local health departments (LHDs) to take advantage of the services grant recipients will be offering, including the sharing of best practices and technical assistance for LHDs to adopt health information technologies, and access to more resources for LHDs not currently involved in these projects. More »