199483 Data inclusion for a web-based system for community health assessment: The NH example

Wednesday, November 11, 2009: 9:30 AM

Josephine B. Porter, MPH , NH Institute for Health Policy and Practice, University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH
Amy Costello, MPH , NH Institute for Health Policy and Practice, University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH
Andrew Chalsma, BA , Bureau of Data and Statistics Mangement, NH Department of Health and Human Services, Concord, NH
Web-based solutions for data dissemination have become important tools for public health practice. NH's web reporting and querying system, known as HealthWRQS, currently includes birth, death, hospital discharge, and cancer registry data. For each of these datasets, key indicators were chosen for inclusion in HealthWRQS. The key indicators represent some of the most commonly requested analyses of administrative data for community health assessment. To support analysis for different definitions of “community,” HealthWRQS allows for analysis at multiple different geographic aggregations (such as county and hospital service area); users can also aggregate their own combination of towns. Augmenting the system with behavioral risk factor, medical claims, and performance measurement data is a major part of the future development of HealthWRQS. During this session, the presenters will discuss the different data included in the system and how each provides important information for community health assessment. This will include a review of the decision-making about and design of a web-based query system with geographic flexibility. In addition, the presentation will provide an overview of how New Hampshire has created additional web-based tools to support the development of WRQS.

Learning Objectives:
1. Describe different health data that can useful in web-based data reporting and query systems 2. Identify ways to address needs for geographic flexibility in web query systems

Keywords: Data/Surveillance, Assessments

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am project director for the Assessment Initiative project in NH.
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.