Public Health Information Network

Developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Public Health Information Network (PHIN) was created for implementing information systems in public health organizations. According to the official website, the network is a "national initiative to improve the capacity of public health to use and exchange information electronically by promoting the use of standards, defining functional and technical requirements."


  1. Detection and Monitoring

  2. Data Analysis

  3. Knowledge Management

  4. Alerting

  5. Response


  • Supporting the exchange of critical health information between all levels of public health and healthcare

  • Developing and promulgating requirements, standards, specifications, and an overall architecture in a collaborative, transparent, and dynamic way

  • Monitoring the capability of state and local health departments to exchange information

  • Advancing supportive policy

  • Providing technical assistance to state and local health departments

  • Facilitating communication and information sharing within the PHIN community


PHIN attempts to provide the public health sector with continuous access to health care information necessary. Access to near real-time data attempts to improve community based interventions that are implemented as a result of terrorism or disease outbreaks.


Related Terminology:

  • HL7


  • Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act

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