187027 Tracking injuries and other health related events in Illinois: A web-based interactive report system

Tuesday, October 28, 2008: 9:35 AM

Evelyn Lyons, RN, MPH , Illinois EMS for Children Program, Illinois Department of Public Health, Chicago/Springfield, Maywood, IL
Ruth Kafensztok, DrPH , Illinois EMS for Children Program, Loyola University Medical Center, Maywood, IL
Daniel Leonard, MS , Illinois EMS for Children Program, Loyola University Medical Center, Maywood, IL
Regina Harders, BA , Preventive Medicine and Epidemiology Department, Loyola University Medical Center, Maywood, IL
Mark Cichon, DO, FACEP , Illinois EMS for Children Program, Loyola University Medical Center, Maywood, IL
The Illinois Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Data Reporting System is a web-based interactive query system, providing public access to a wealth of statewide injury/health related data. The system was developed through an Illinois EMS for Children data initiative. Based on interagency collaboration, the system is hosted within the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) web site, as a point of access to data sources from three different agencies (IDPH, Illinois Department of Transportation, Illinois Hospital Association). The Illinois Department of Transportation plays a critical role in supporting the system's development and maintenance through grant funding and data sharing. The objectives were to create an umbrella query system with a comprehensive set of injury/health related data; allow easy access to state/ local level data; and, provide a user-friendly interface with key data elements and basic statistics. In 2000, the EMS Reporting System was launched (www.idph.state.il.us/emsrpt), and to date it contains data from 1994 to 2006. Data users searching specifically for injury information can customize reports to obtain aggregate data that supports injury trending at both local and state level. The system contains four statewide databases: hospital discharges (19 million records), trauma registry admissions (0.4 million records), motor vehicle crash reports (11 million road users), and mortality data (1.2 million death records). The simultaneous use of these sources provide a more comprehensive understanding of injuries. The system has seen a steady increase in use. From 2002 to 2006, the number of web visits increased over 80 percent (from 14,893 to 26,971, respectively).

Learning Objectives:
- Focusing on injuries, identify the role of each statewide database in describing injury events at the population level. - Articulate the use of the different data sources in providing a more comprehensive understanding of injuries at the population level. - Recognize the role of a web-based query system for statistical reporting of injury/health related events data in Illinois.

Keywords: Health Information Systems, Injuries

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I participated in the development of the web-based information system described in the proposed presentation.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.

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