A crimson and bronze event banner with the text "Digital Frontiers in Public Health: presented by the Harvard Chan School of Public Health and the Ellison Institute"

Overview: Digital Frontiers in Public Health

The COVID-19 pandemic highlighted the crucial importance of data in monitoring and protecting public health. It also highlighted how far we have yet to go to appropriately leverage data for that purpose. As we have seen throughout the pandemic, the fragmented data infrastructure in the U.S. can stymie effective systemic responses and harm individual patients. Fragmentation and a lack of uniform standards limit the ability of patients to control their data, entrepreneurs to develop tech solutions, and governments to respond nimbly to population health needs.

Presented by the Ellison Institute and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Digital Frontiers in Public Health gathered leaders with deep experience in health information, digital technology, and public health to galvanize recent progress in both the technology and the regulatory environment for collecting, sharing, and using health data.

The event’s Plenary Welcome by Dr. Gabriel Seidman, EIT Director of Policy

Panel Discussions

During two panel discussions, panelists who have grappled with these issues at the highest levels in the public, private, nonprofit, and academic sectors took a hard look at current status and proposals for health data architecture at the federal, state, and local levels.

Panel 1: Architecture for health data at the federal level

Panel Discussion 1

Panel 2: Architecture for health data at the state and local level

Panel Discussion 2

Key Event Insights & Recommendations

Swipe through below to read the key insights and recommendations that came out of the event’s panel discussions and breakout sessions.

Recommended Readings

Check out the recommended readings below to learn more about policy recommendations for strengthening the U.S.’s health data infrastructure.