Making public health data available to community-level decision makers-goals, issues, and a case report

Phillip V. Asaro, Garland H. Land, Joseph W. Hales

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Abstract

Effective community health assessment and planning depends on the availability of appropriate public health data. Web-based technologies have created an unprecedented opportunity for making data available to community-level public health decision makers. An interactive data retrieval system targeted to the community-level user must provide an intuitive and easy-to-learn user interface with functionality and statistical complexity appropriate to the expected users while maintaining confidentiality of personal health information. The authors use the Missouri Information for Community Assessment Web site as an example to discuss goals and issues involved in the development of such systems.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)58-63
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Public Health Management and Practice
Volume7
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - 2001

Keywords

  • Community health planning
  • Data retrieval
  • Internet
  • Patient data privacy
  • Public health
  • User-computer interface
  • World Wide Web

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