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Information system tools for public health data analysis in management information systems

The aim of the project is to develop and design a new spatial and statistic information tool for health-related data processing in management information systems. The pilot information system will also be released.

The project ISTAHIS is focused on the development of new information tools and methods for a management information system on the basis of Geographical Information Systems (GIS). New methods for spatial and statistics analysis will be prepared and implemented into the concept of the management information system. It will bring new potential for highly effective decision-making support in the field of public health. The project goal is to create the core of a management (expert) information system on the basis of GIS for presentation of the new spatial methods of routine collected data processing. Collected data will concern the population's state of health. In the framework of the project, the processing method of original medical data for primary data saving in a GIS geo-database will be defined. A methodology will also be defined and developed for further spatial data analysis processing with the aim being to increase information value of routinely collected health-related information in the CZECH REPUBLIC. The project objectives will be verified on a chosen part of the data - health indicators of the Moravia - Silesian Region's population. At the present time, the health indicators in the CZECH REPUBLIC are monitored and evaluated at the level of regions. The Institute of health-related information and statistics of the CZECH REPUBLIC (abbr.UZIS) carries out routine collections of health-related data. A collection is made from the data, which are transferred by individual health units - health-care facilities on the basis of a Programme of statistical surveys of the MINISTRY OF HEALTH, which is part of a Programme of statistical surveys of the Czech Statistical Institute. Statistical surveys, mentioned in this Programme, are compulsory for all health-care facilities and workplaces that are named in the group of health-news units. Reports are submitted either on paper or in electronic form through a prescribed data interface. UZIS processes reports from the period of a given year and evaluates them at the level of regions. The results are presented on its Web pages in the form of dynamic tables DPS (Data Presentation System). In these tables it is possible to find basic demographic data, information about mortality, sickness figures and incidences of specific diseases. Part of the DPS is a simple graphic output in the form of statistic schematic maps at each evaluated health indicator. All health indicators are standardised within the European standard. Present processing and outputs of health indicators inform users only about distributions of the population state of health in the administrative division according to regions. Distribution of mortality and sickness figures and its differences do not, however, respect administrative division. This is why the sharp disparity between individual regions in different monitored indicators occurs and why information about centres of increased incidences of monitored health phenomenon is escaping. Significant discrepancies exist between the interpretation of health states and the interpretation of possible influences and causes. This is why it is necessary to improve the method UZIS uses to routinely collect health-related data processing, so that it will be possible to present health indicators with even bigger spatial exactness. Methods and processes created in the framework of the proposed project will allow for analysing health indicators regardless of administrative divisions according to regions and also for finding out about the centres with the higher occurrences of monitored phenomenon, this being the main contribution from using the new methodology. In such located regions, it will furthermore be possible to more effectively and purposefully analyse potential indicators of the causes of a population's state of health becoming worse. Keywords: information system, health indicator.
Acronym: 
ISTAHIS
Project ID: 
3 751
Start date: 
01-01-2007
Project Duration: 
36months
Project costs: 
400 000.00€
Technological Area: 
Databases, Database Management, Data Mining
Market Area: 
Hospital and other institutional management (including management services and leasing)

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