The Center for Population Health IT will also be launching a partners program to work with private companies who are also interested in using public information.  This of course rings of big data as I imageam assuming the input of data will be be substantial and you can read the sources below in the article clip.  We are collecting a lot of data today and finding it’s use and benefits sometimes may be like finding that needle in a haystack at times, in other words to get to the information you need, it’s long spiral down, but that’s what we need the big systems like Hadoop and HBase.  BD

Newswise — Johns Hopkins University is establishing a new center aimed at improving and expanding the use of electronic health record systems, e-health and information technology. The Johns Hopkins Center for Population Health IT— known as CPHIT (or "see-fit")—will draw on faculty skilled in public health, medicine, informatics, computer science, business and systems engineering and will focus on helping public health agencies and private health care organizations utilize e-health tools to increase the efficiency and equity of health care delivery.

“We are currently witnessing the most expansive digitalization of health care in history,” said Jonathan Weiner, DrPH, professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and director of CPHIT. “Over the coming decade, electronic health records, personal health records and other e-health applications will completely transform health care in the U.S. and around the world. Today the focus is clinicians using these systems to treat the individual patient. Our Center wants to extend this focus to enable public health agencies and accountable provider or payer organizations to also harness these health IT systems to create solutions for the many population health issues facing our nation.”