The web-based tool Delaware Health Tracker is now available and can be accessed by anyone interested in improving community health and wellness in Delaware.
The free website, http://www.delawarehealthtracker.com/, is a key resource for community health professionals, policymakers, researchers, and advocates to address identified health problems. Website data is constantly updated from dozens of sources meeting rigorous criteria for data collection and analysis.
Delaware Health Tracker features 100 dashboard indicators assessing the health and well-being of Delaware by color code. Green represents “good” indicators; yellow represents “cautionary” indicators; and red represents “serious” indicators, pointing toward areas where more work needs to be done. Additional features include evidenced-based promising practices to promote best practice sharing; the ability to set, track, and evaluate local goals and priorities; readily available comparison reports; and local, regional, and national news. No patient-level data is used.
Delaware Health Tracker is made possible by Bayhealth Medical Center, Beebe Medical Center, Christiana Care Health System, and the United Way of Delaware. The Delaware Healthcare Association manages the website.
“This is a valuable tool, not only for hospitals and all healthcare providers, but for community leaders as well,” said Wayne A. Smith, President and CEO of the Delaware Healthcare Association. “Delaware Health Tracker supports decisions about where to allocate precious resources in order to maximize opportunities for improving the health and quality of life for all Delawareans. The website also encourages collaboration in order to avoid duplication of services.”
“The website is another important resource in the on-going efforts to both inform and empower Delawareans,” said Paul Silverman, DrPH, and Associate Deputy Director of the Delaware Division of Public Health. “The Delaware Healthcare Association, the United Way of Delaware, and the hospitals that have made Delaware Health Tracker possible are to be commended for this project and their dedication to the people of our State.”
The information system for Delaware Health Tracker was designed by the Healthy Communities Institute (HCI), a California-based team of healthcare information technology experts who have created the nationwide Healthy Communities Network. Delaware is the fourth state to implement the HCI system statewide.
The launch of Delaware Health Tracker is only Phase I of a much broader initiative. Phase II will focus on taking action with community partners to move the less than favorable outcomes in a positive direction.
About the Delaware Healthcare Association
The Delaware Healthcare Association is a statewide trade and membership services organization that exists to represent and serve hospitals, health systems, and related health care organizations in their role of providing a continuum of appropriate, cost-effective, quality care to improve the health of the people of Delaware.