The purpose of a health screen
The purpose of a health screen is to identify whether a select group of the population is susceptible to a particular disease or condition. A health screen form will ask the appropriate questions that help doctors and nurses identify which individuals are safe, need further testing or are likely to suffer from said condition at some point in their lifetime.
Sexual health screens are extremely important because there is a growing culture of young teens becoming pregnant, not knowing the dangers of unprotected sex and hence need to be educated on STI’s as well ensuring taking the necessary checks to ensure they protect themselves and others from catching such diseases.
DCC are involved in an ongoing chlamydia screening campaign involving the screening of teenagers and young adults. It is extremely important to gather this data, process it quickly and therefore attain meaningful information from the data. The reason for this being is that it forms the basis of raising awareness and educating the young generation on important issues as well as identifies a group of individuals that may be susceptible to said conditions.
The health screen forms were designed such that they were user friendly; easy to be completed and anonymous. The design also ensured written text such as instructions and other information were legible and easy to follow. The completed health forms were given to DCC where we scanned them and extracted the required data as well as performing verification and quality checks. This process of automating data capture ensured manual data entry was not required, which is time consuming and error prone. With such delicate and important information it is important for it be available as quickly and accurately as possible.
All sexual health screening data is stored on a sexual health registry/database. DCC established a database link between ourselves and the registry so that once extraction, verification and quality checks were complete the data was sent directly to the registry, therefore there was no security risk issue.
Health registries are usually limited to static reporting and analysis and therefore individual health professionals are limited in the way they view the data.
It’s important to look at the data in a way it can be made actionable therefore allowing individual healthcare institutions to make decisions for their locality and can work with the local healthwatch and council in necessary activities.
Using interactive dashboards the data becomes ‘alive’ in the sense you’re able to work with the data closely and are not limited to static information and unique patterns to your locality are identified. For example, nationally it may say that a certain gender or a certain age range is more likely to have a said disease; however, in the area of your responsibility things may look different. Therefore progress can be made towards national objectives as well as local requirements.
Using the Stroke Association as a live example, we workwith them collecting and automating the blood pressure data of the general public and publish the data on an interactive dashboard powered by Google Maps. This allowed the Stroke Association to view the state of blood pressure in the UK, nationally as well as highlighting results in individual areas, hence allowed the charity to work towards national aims and also allocate the necessary resources in individual localities i.e. using more resources in areas where there is high blood pressure.
The benefits of the dashboard are numerous and vast. If you’d like to learn more please get in contact. Alternatively, if you’d like to see a live example of the dashboard or are embarking on a project where you believe such a dashboard will fit the bill, book your free knowledge share workshop. (What is a workshop?)
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