Public Health Reporting

To be able to improve a population’s health, you have to be able to measure it. While a care provider might use a laboratory test and a thermometer to measure the health of an individual, measuring the health of a population requires different tools such as surveys, electronic surveillance, and statistical analysis methods. This is not as easy to do as it might sound. For example, we currently use more than 190 separate sources of data to track our progress against our national health goals as described in Healthy People 2020.2 Take something as seemingly simple as knowing how many people in a population have diabetes (this number of people with a condition divided by the number of people in the population at a single ...

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