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Emerging Issues

At any given time, new and emerging issues challenge public health to rethink and adapt to how public health services are delivered and monitored.  Those issues are outlined here to serve as a resource of information and discussion.

Environmental Health Data System Integration Project (EHDSI)

On behalf of ODH, the Department of Administrative Services has awarded HealthSpace, USA the contract for the Environmental Health Data System Integration project.  Phase I of implementation (now through June 30, 2013) includes the following programs: Public Pools/Spas, Agricultural Labor Camps, Campgrounds. If you would like to participate in this effort or have questions please refer to the project's website

Health Information Exchange / Electronic Health Records

As discussed on the ODH/LHD weekly conference calls (presentation), the Ohio Health Information Partnership has developed FREE resources including a Direct Suite, Direct MessagingReferrals and iNbox products for healthcare providers as an alternative to a full-scale electronic health records system. In addition, the Welch-Allyn tool for assessing EHR needs is available to LHDs at a significantly reduced rate of $150 from the Ohio Health Information Partnership.

Health Information Technology and meaningful use is the framework for the electronic collection and transfer of health information in a secure format among health care providers, consumers, laboratories, insurers, public health and other health partners. The Ohio Department of Health, in cooperation with local health departments, is working to ensure inclusion of and the capture and exchange capability of structured public health data. Public health surveillance information is critical to assess the health of communities and to monitor and evaluate disease and other adverse health conditions. 

In addition to meaningful use and electronic health records, ImpactSIIS has a new data exchange capability that can save hours of staff time. These links provide guidelines and forms necessary for your practice to begin uploading data to the registry.

Ohio Medicaid Health Homes for Individuals with Serious and Persistent Mental Illness

Leaders of Ohio's health and human services agencies believe that better care coordination can result in improved health outcomes while spending less of the taxpayer's dollars. Health homes aim to integrate physical and behavioral health care by offering and facilitating access to medical, behavioral and social services that are timely, of high quality and coordinated by an individualized care team. Ohio Medicaid teamed up with the Ohio Department of Mental Health to focus on creating health homes for individuals on Medicaid who have serious and persistent mental illness (SPMI).