Online Program

Integrated data collection approaches: The game-changer in state vision surveillance

Monday, November 2, 2015 : 3:10 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Sandra Block, OD M Ed MPH, Illinois College of Optometry, Chicago, IL
Currently, there is no national uniform approach to documentation of children’s vision and eye health. Many vision screening data records are paper based, whereas other data reside on individual software programs that have been developed for internal reporting based on the needs of specific local programs or providers. Such software programs typically do not offer standardization of the type of information collected, nor have they been developed to be compatible with school health or electronic medical records. Finally, there is little, if any, monitoring of subjects who fail screenings to verify that follow-up care with an ophthalmologist or optometrist for diagnosis and treatment has been completed.  An integrated data system would provide standardized data collection and reporting formats, as well as a tracking mechanism to ensure that eye care diagnosis and treatment are completed for children who fail a vision screening. Better data systems will work toward improving communication, reducing duplication of health services, and enhancing receipt of eye care as well as treatment adherence.  This session will  discuss key considerations in the development of an integrated data system to support vision and eye health in children including examples of state level approaches, introduction of uniform data points, and steps states can take to improve surveillance now as they work toward an integrated approach.

Learning Areas:

Program planning
Systems thinking models (conceptual and theoretical models), applications related to public health

Learning Objectives:
Describe 3 different types of data that should be collected as a part of a vision data system. Name 3 essential stakeholder groups to engage in the development of an integrated vision data system. Describe 2 possible data system platforms for states to consider for vision data integration.

Keyword(s): Vision Care, Surveillance

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: Dr. Block is the Medical Director for the Illinois Eye Institute clinic at the Princeton Elementary School; a school based vision clinic that serves Chicago Public Schools. Dr. Block has authored numerous publications and conducted presentations to students and peers around the world. Her interests lie in primary eye care for children of all ages with a social focus on persons with disabilities and the process of diagnosis and treatment of visually related learning problems.
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.