Improving the public health information network through semantic modeling

Parsa Mirhaji, S. Ward Casscells, Dean Allemang, Robert Coyne

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The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has created the Public Health Information Network (PHIN) to advance fully capable, interoperable information systems in public health organizations. PHIN prioritizes public health information systems' functional requirements, capabilities, performance measures, and operational characteristics while letting those systems choose enabling approaches, methods and concepts to meet the requirements. It also provides a certification for public health administrators to evaluate information infrastructure's quality. Although PHIN encompasses multiple domains and standards, it doesn't help organizations that adopt it to demonstrate alignment to interoperability mandates or federal and industrial standards (such as the Federal Enterprise Architecture). By merging the information distributed across different PHIN documentation artifacts, the user can see, access, and query all of it in one place.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)13-17
Number of pages5
JournalIEEE Intelligent Systems
Issue number3
StatePublished - May 2007
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Artificial Intelligence


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