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Online Health Needs Assessment tool live in Northland

Online Health Needs Assessment tool live in Northland

Northland DHB has launched a web-based interactive version of the Health Needs Assessment.

The 2018 HNA site went live at the end of last year and is attracting at least 2-3 new users every day, with little promotion so far.

District Health Boards must produce an HNA every 5-7 years as a way of monitoring the health and wellbeing of the population as well as their need for health services.

These are usually published as lengthy paper-based or PDF documents.

Former Northland DHB clinician Juliet Rumball-Smith was instrumental in driving the development of an online HNA which is intended to make the data easier to access and understand by anyone.

Research associate Edith Bennett and data scientist Shameer Sathar at Northland DHB’s Health Intelligence Hub built the tool inhouse using open source software such as Python and Django.

“There’s a lot of data already published, but it’s quite hard to access or understand, so we thought why not create an application where people can access information themselves and with interpretation already there,” Bennett says.

“We can also update it as data becomes available, such as the Census 2018 data which will be published soon.”

A survey completed with stakeholders before the new tool was published found that 86 percent of respondents said the web-based format improved their ability to access the data.

Sathar says future plans include making the tool more mobile compatible.

“We’re also hoping to use it beyond the HNA by having forecasting and projections data available,” says Bennett.

“Our real aim is to get a one-stop-shop for people to go to look for population health data specific to Northland.”


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