Making a Powerful Connection: the Health of the Public and the National Information Infrastructure. 6.3 Scenario 3: On-Line Statistical Displays Make Health Matter for Policymakers


In preparation for a strategic health policy meeting with the governor, the state health official and the governor's chief social services advisor call up the health policy decision support system to generate a number of on-line reports from the state's integrated health information system. Today, they are interested in:

(a) the top 25 health problems in the state based on numbers of affected citizens and incurred costs, displayed by age of affected groups, local jurisdictions, and underlying cause of mortality;
(b) the health problems that have changed most in terms of number of persons affected, age groups affected, jurisdictions affected or costs incurred over the last 1, 2, 5, and 10 years;
(c) the extent to which health problems targeted by the state over the past several years have been ameliorated as measured by the indicators negotiated with Federal health officials; and
(d) the number of related deaths and injuries before and after passage of highway speed limits and mandatory helmet laws.

They also compare statistics on trauma deaths in their state with trauma deaths in states with state-wide shock/trauma treatment systems. Electronic graphs, charts, and maps of the most significant information are generated and copied for the governor's briefing book.