APHL is collaborating with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to advance public health laboratory informatics through training and strategic planning.

Working with CDC, the association developed a strategic map to guide the direction of public health laboratory informatics over the next five years. To create the map, APHL hosted a series of meetings to understand the needs of public health laboratories, the challenges of HL7 standard messaging across the public health community, and ways to bolster interoperable systems and electronic data exchange to improve public health.

Currently, APHL is designing a series of laboratory informatics courses to deliver advanced material to informaticians plus basic informatics training for laboratory personnel. Trainings will be based on the informatics competency guidelines on page 49 of the APHL/CDC Competency Guidelines for Public Health Laboratory Professionals.

For more information, contact Vanessa Holley, manager, Informatics Policy and Member Outreach.