In today’s world, public health faces serious and complex challenges, from emerging infections and antibiotic-resistant organisms, to bioterrorism. At Regenstrief, Public Health Informatics seeks to advance the state-of-the-art in systematic application of information technology, computer science, and data analytics to the disciplines of public health practice and research. Closely related is population health, which is concerned with the health and outcomes of members of a specific community. Similarly, Regenstrief leverages data and informatics to help health systems and physicians treat their patients not just individually, but as a group, addressing distinctive economic, geographic and lifestyle factors which affect the health of that population.
We do this by creating a focal point for improving public and population health informatics research, education, and advocacy. Our team collaborates with local, regional and national partners, multidisciplinary researchers, and practitioners to develop robust informatics infrastructure and reporting systems. Informatics is about making connections, and our goal is to integrate data to better serve the public through health information exchange.