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Integrating open-source technologies to build low-cost information systems for improved access to public health data

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dc.contributor.author Yi, Qian en_US
dc.contributor.author Hoskins, Richard E. en_US
dc.contributor.author Hillringhouse, Elizabeth A. en_US
dc.contributor.author Sorensen, Svend S. en_US
dc.contributor.author Oberle, Mark W. en_US
dc.contributor.author Fuller, Sherrilynne S. en_US
dc.contributor.author Wallace, James C. en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2010-04-21T15:54:16Z
dc.date.available 2010-04-21T15:54:16Z
dc.date.issued 2008 en_US
dc.identifier.citation Yi Q, Hoskins R, Hillringhouse E, et al. Integrating open-source technologies to build low-cost information systems for improved access to public health data. International Journal of Health Geographics. 2008;7(1):29. en_US
dc.identifier.other 10.1186/1476-072X-7-29 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://www.ij-healthgeographics.com/content/7/1/29 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1773/15760
dc.description.abstract Effective public health practice relies on the availability of public health data sources and assessment tools to convey information to investigators, practitioners, policy makers, and the general public. Emerging communication technologies on the Internet can deliver all components of the "who, what, when, and where" quartet more quickly than ever with a potentially higher level of quality and assurance, using new analysis and visualization tools. Open-source software provides the opportunity to build low-cost information systems allowing health departments with modest resources access to modern data analysis and visualization tools. In this paper, we integrate opensource technologies and public health data to create a web information system which is accessible to a wide audience through the Internet. Our web application, "EpiVue," was tested using two public health datasets from the Washington State Cancer Registry and Washington State Center for Health Statistics. A third dataset shows the extensibility and scalability of EpiVue in displaying gender-based longevity statistics over a twenty-year interval for 3,143 United States counties. In addition to providing an integrated visualization framework, EpiVue's highly interactive web environment empowers users by allowing them to upload their own geospatial public health data in either comma-separated text files or MS Excel[super]TM spreadsheet files and visualize the geospatial datasets with Google Maps[super]TM. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship This work was supported by CDC Center of Excellence in Public Health Informatics grant P01 HK 000027. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.title Integrating open-source technologies to build low-cost information systems for improved access to public health data en_US
dc.type Article en_US


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