Utah Department of Health and Human Services
As described in the report Public Health Forward: Modernizing the U.S. Public Health System, timely and actionable data are central to public health emergency response and program planning efforts. Modern and efficient information technology equips public health departments to fulfill these responsibilities, but technology alone does not ensure that health departments receive data when they are needed most. For this reason, public health departments must devote time and energy to supporting partners in submitting data that are timely, accurate, and complete
For several years, the Utah Department of Health and Human Services (UT DHHS) has worked to collect higher-quality data from its partners in a more streamlined fashion. The health department revised its communicable disease reporting rule to, among other things, mandate electronic reporting. It focused on international standards for electronic messaging and engaged with partners to move away from the burdensome system of manual data submissions to more efficient processes, all with a goal of enabling partners to provide complete and correct data the first time.
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