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Healthcare Information Technology Exam Guide for CompTIA Healthcare IT Technician and HIT Pro Certifications by Brian Gugerty, Kathleen McCormick

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Scope of Data

Public health functions may require almost any of the types of data that are required for clinical care including diagnoses, laboratory results, radiographic results, medications, and vital signs. The scope of data that public health might require is significantly driven by performing syndromic surveillance and the need to investigate outbreaks. In addition to these ubiquitous types of data, public health applications often benefit from geographic location data. This data is often useful in tracking the spread of disease but is available only in limited form (usually restricted to knowing the patient’s home address) in most traditional healthcare IT systems. Geolocation data is increasingly available through devices such as patients’ ...

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