Article: Applied Ecological Model to Health Information System

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November 19, 2012 by mfafard

Article: Applied Ecological Model to Health Information System

The UW eHealth-PHINEX project is an information system that applies the ecologic health systems model. The article demonstrates how data from a network of clinics is able to reasonably approximate the populations of its surrounding county and state partially as a result of applied theory. Health information technology and electronic health record data exchange can provide the critical information we need to better understand patients and populations. Health Information systems can benefit from the ecologic health systems model since it recognizes health behaviors, clinical care, social and economic factors, and the physical environment plays a part in ones health which can reflect in the types of data collected and shared among clinical networks.
Above is the logic model used for the project. It displays the the inputs to carry out project activities and how the activities were implemented that included developing specifications, performing disease prevalence and clinical quality statistical modeling, exchanging data, and creating the secure web portal. This is a good example of how health promotion tools (logic model) can be applied to a number of different types of public health related tasks and agendas.


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