Dr. G. Hanney
May 30, 2010
In today’s challenging environment of lowered reimbursements and narrowing margins, many independent health care organizations find it beneficial to align themselves with Community Health Information Network. Community Health Information Network or CHIN is a combination of telecommunication and network capabilities that links healthcare stakeholders throughout a community. (Tan & Payton 2010) Most CHINs have focused on meeting the needs of the private sector and the health industry. They also offer great promise for meeting the health information needs of the public, while integrating the interest of the broader community with the business ad clinical needs for the health industry. St. Luke’s Episcopal Health Charities has initiated a one-of a health needs assessment process. In addition to awarding grants throughout Texas, it’s Healthy Neighborhood Initiatives has created the Community Health Information System. This is an on-line, interactive website that creates a concise picture of the demographic, health and social data of the 57-counties of the Episcopal Diocese of Texas. The CHIS not only houses data and tables on key social and health issues but also allows users to layer community data with community resources on interactive maps to receive a more complete picture of a community’s strengths and needs. (www.slehc.org/CHI/CHIS) The mission of CHIS (Community Health Information System) is to provide community health data to diverse audiences through the web-based Community Health Information System (CHIS). Web based interactive data is provided through interactive mapping. The web-based information includes statistical data on community health, special reports, and community and child health well-being. These can be used to assist local community efforts to use information to advance community health. Early in 2000 the United Way and SLEHC...