The Biosurveillance Workgroup of the American Health Information Community, an HHS advisory group, voted to change its name to the Population Health and Clinical Care Workgroup.
The name change won't be official until the entire AHIC panel votes on it during a scheduled Jan. 23 meeting, but work group Co-Chairman John Lumpkin said he doesnt anticipate any resistance.
"I think it reflects the ongoing commitment by AHIC to address public health and health in the broader sense," said Lumpkin, senior vice president of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
He said it also reflects how the panel will look at how data stored in electronic health records can be used to improve public health.
Lumpkin, the former state health director for Illinois, told how hospitals have to submit information to seven different databases for each child born and he thinks EHRs can simplify this process. "What were looking to do is automate whats already being done."