groupLorraine Fernandes, RHIA; Angelika Haendel, MA; Marci Macdonald, CHIM; Lorraine Nicholson, FHRIM; Margaret Skurka, MS RHIA, CCS, FAHIMA; and Yukiko Yokobori, HIM

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THE FAMILIAR PHRASE “think globally, act locally” urges people to consider the health of the entire planet and to take action in their own communities and cities. The rapid spread of epidemics such as Avian flu, Ebola, HIV, and the latest threat of Zika to pregnant women and their unborn children remind us how small the world is. This also underscores the importance of embracing global standards to facilitate information collection and data sharing to advance health and wellness.

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