As part of the agency’s New York City Childhood Asthma Initiative, the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) launched an initiative in public housing to reduce pest infestations and significantly lower the use of, and exposure to, toxic pesticides.
DOHMH’s integrated pest management approach involves making apartment repairs and tracking and evaluating the repairs to minimize pest populations. In addition, the NYC Housing Authority (NYCHA) also needs to track inspections and repairs.
Both organizations were seeking an approach that could quickly collect information that was readily accessible for analysis and decision-making.
The FOUNDATION platform allows for the creation of questionnaires with built-in logic, multiple security features, and audit trails to facilitate data collection, ensure data integrity, and allow for the wireless extension of their existing systems. Highly flexible, the module is adaptable to countless forms of data collection and analysis.
Inspectors upload their completed inspections to the server using WiFi, with a specialized data security component developed by Intellis. Data can then be downloaded for statistical analysis and instant report generation. Intellis's quality assurance tools also provide the staff with management screens to track inspections and productivity.
The configured FOUNDATION system is easily used to create and edit existing electronic questionnaires that are deployed via the Internet. This minimizes the need to retrieve tablet computers from the field and reduces downtime. The inspection results are stored in databases that are configured for ready integration with industry standard statistical packages including SPSS (Statistical Package for Social Sciences) and Microsoft Access.