Children have broad developmental needs that encompass physical, emotional, and social health. Traditionally, programs that contribute to child well-being are highly fragmented and cut across health, child care, education, child welfare, social services, and family and juvenile justice systems. Due to the limited flow of information across different sectors, current care delivery is often neither coordinated nor comprehensive.
This module is designed to help users understand the barriers that exist in coordinating care for children across sectors and how advances in health information technology (health IT) can promote better communication (PDF - 256KB) and more effective exchange of information across systems to positively affect child health and well-being. The intended audiences for this module include Government officials, child advocates, providers and practitioners of all types who care for children, teachers, families, and public or private directors of programs or organizations that serve children. The questions within this module address key topics categorized by the following three areas:
In January 2009 Pediatrics published a special supplement titled "Reaching the Tipping Point: The Present and Future of Child Health Information Systems." In this module you will find links to abstracts from this supplement.
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