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Fast Facts: For What Purposes do Public Health Agencies Use Patient Health Data?

Public health agencies serve as the backbone of our population health system, working to determine the causes of, and prevent and respond to, injury and disease in our communities.  Public health officials often need to obtain, use, and exchange patient health data to perform important public health functions.  To learn about the various public health functions for which patient health data can be used and the types of data that may be used to carry out public health functions, read our Fast Facts.

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