Public Health Informatics (PHI) is distinguished from other information systems and technology by its emphasis
on ____________________ in populations
Correct Answer: prevention
Rationale : PHI is distinguished from other information systems and technology by its emphasis on prevention in
populations (Yasnoff, O’Carroll, Koo, Linkins, & Kilbourne, 2000, p. 67). The focus on population health is
linked to prevention as opposed to diagnosis and treatment. Public health has a governmental context as public
health nearly always involves linkages to government agencies at the local, regional, national, or global levels.
Cognitive Level: Understanding
Client Need: Health Promotion and Maintenance
Client Need Sub:
Nursing/Integrated Concepts: Communication and Documentation
There are four major principles of public health informatics that are distinguishable from other types of
informatics. Which of the following responses is not considered a principle?
1. Promote the health of populations as opposed to health of individuals.
2. Prevent disease and injury by altering the conditions or the environment putting populations at risk.
3. Should not reflect the governmental context in which public health is practiced.
4. Should explore the potential for prevention of all vulnerable points.