Informatics & Health Tracking
Environmental and public health informatics focuses on standardized data collection, sharing, and use. Wide adoption and use of informatics systems can lead to data-informed decision-making that will improve population health. Environmental health professionals collect data through inspections, complaint investigations, and community interactions. Incorporating shared data with other public health data has the potential to inform programs in new ways, such as a physician taking a patient's home environment into account when making a diagnosis or using an app to easily assess the safety of an aquatic facility, restaurant, or body art studio.
CDC Environmental Public Health Tracking Network
This network is a collection of data from environmental hazards to human health effects surveillance. The network provides:
- OpendData, bringing together data that would usually be collected and kept by many separate agencies and then standardizes it .
- Tools for analysis, such as maps and then makes them available to people who need it, from scientists to decision-makers.
- Guidance to decision makers to help make critical decisions about environmental public health resources that will protect people and save lives.
The MASS FEED model is a tool to reliably collect, utilize, share, and assess food service facilities (e.g., cafes, restaurants, and mobile food units) alongside retail food facilities (e.g., grocery stores, vending operations, and farmers markets) using inspection data that comes from numerous agencies. It also provides a common data structure for building environmental health data collection systems.