The NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene’s (DOHMH) Asthma Initiative Program was designed to help improve the outcomes of NYC school children by:
Participants in the initiative receiving system information and notifications included school nurses, emergency room personnel, primary care physicians, caseworkers, parents, and DOHMH employees. Communication methods needed to be able to accommodate the diverse needs of these
DOHMH needed a sophisticated communication backbone for their citywide program in order to implement their asthma management protocol. Their program included data collection and automated notification and reporting in a highly dependable and effective manner. Furthermore, a variety of communication methods were needed to accommodate the diverse group of participants and the resources available to them.
Intellis’s FOUNDATION software was implemented for the collection of demographic and clinical information at various citywide locations. Depending on the results of the questionnaires, different participant groups were advised using the available system communication modes. Information was transmitted to the Intellis data center, entered into the intranet-based application, then processed and alerted to various users.
The outcome of the project was that DOHMH was able to drastically reduce the number of emergency room visits and critical incidences. In addition, DOHMH had the ability to integrate student clinical information with environmental, familial, and other information to better understand some of the causes of asthma in NYC school children.