Online Program

Development of Occupational Health Indicator Dashboards in an On-Line Data Query System for Public Use

Tuesday, November 5, 2013 : 3:10 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Karla R. Armenti, ScD, New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services, Occupational Health Surveillance Program, Concord, NH
Laura Kernan, BS, Department of Work Environment, University of Massachusetts Lowell, Lowell, MA
Occupational health surveillance encompasses the analysis and dissemination of data on work related injuries and illnesses in the form of indicators. These include work related hospitalizations, burns, respiratory disease, cancer and fatalities, among others. Much of this health indicator work traditionally has been organized and presented to stakeholders and consumers either in the form of a health report or stand-alone reports that focus on a specific disease or health outcome. This type of static reporting has several shortcomings: its information ages from the moment it is published; users cannot customize the content to meet their needs; benchmarks, targets, and goals cannot be updated once published; the report is not connected directly to source data except through the resource which created the original report; and there is no ability to execute searches for document contents. To address these shortcomings, the NH Division of Public Health Services has created a new “Web-based Interactive System for Direction and Outcome Measurement,“ or WISDOM that provides easy access to comprehensive information that integrates different data sources to provide a 360 degree picture of the population's health in aggregated, non-identified format. The occupational health data in NH Health WISDOM are organized in dashboards to allow integration of information from different data sources in a way that tells the story of a specific health issue or a specific community in the state. The site also provides resources to improve the health issues identified such as links to local and national sources on prevention of work related injury and illness, and other information on partners working to improve specific health outcomes and more. Dashboards for several occupational health indicators will be presented in an interactive presentation if possible. If not, an example of a static dashboard will be presented.

Learning Areas:

Occupational health and safety

Learning Objectives:
Demonstrate the potential for dissemination of on-line interactive dashboards for occupational health indicators will support stakeholder efforts to determine prevention actions needed, and to improve health status for most New Hampshire workers.

Keyword(s): Occupational Surveillance, Information Systems

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I manage the Occupational Health Surveillance Program for the state of NH. I have been in the field of occupational safety and health for over 20 years, and was the head of the health statistics unit for NH DHHS, where I was involved in developing the web based query system I will be talking about.
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.