The Public Health Accreditation Board, a not-for-profit that provides accreditation to public health departments in an effort to improve quality and performance, has issued updated standards (PDF) that clarify how health departments can gain accreditation.
Accreditation focuses on a set of 10 so-called “essential public health services” that include activities such as environmental public health, maternal and child health, and public health emergency preparedness.
A public health department needs to provide at least two examples of how its information technology supports its public health functions. Those can include a scanning system to preserve records or a grant management system. It must also describe, as part of the documentation process, how information would be communicated in the case of a technology disruption.