The Public Health Information Network (PHIN) Preparedness initiative

J Am Med Inform Assoc. Jan-Feb 2006;13(1):1-4. doi: 10.1197/jamia.M1815. Epub 2005 Oct 12.


The Public Health Information Network (PHIN) Preparedness initiative strives to implement, on an accelerated pace, a consistent national network of information systems that will support public health in being prepared for public health emergencies. Using the principles and practices of the broader PHIN initiative, PHIN Preparedness concentrates in the short term on ensuring that all public health jurisdictions have, or have access to, systems to accomplish known preparedness functions. The PHIN Preparedness initiative defines functional requirements, technical standards and specifications, and a process to achieve consistency and interconnectedness of preparedness systems across public health.

MeSH terms

  • Bioterrorism / prevention & control
  • Disaster Planning / organization & administration
  • Humans
  • Information Services / standards*
  • Information Systems / organization & administration
  • Information Systems / standards*
  • Population Surveillance / methods
  • Public Health Informatics / organization & administration*
  • United States