Web-Based Systems for Dissemination of Health-Related Data: A Guide for Public Health Agencies Developing, Adopting, or Purchasing Interactive Web-Based Data Dissemination Systems   [open pdf - 2MB]

"Increasingly, public health agencies are using the Internet to disseminate data and are developing, adopting, or purchasing systems that will better enable them to combine data from different sources, improve the timeliness, accuracy, and quality of the data, and present the data in a way that is useful to their constituents. The increased activity and interest by state and local health agencies have created a need for uniform guidance to address the key organizational, technical, and system design concerns involved in developing, adopting, or purchasing a system for Web-based data dissemination. To help address this need, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), through a contract with ORC Macro, undertook a 3-year evaluation of current public health agency Web-based data dissemination systems and practices. The results of this evaluation were used to develop this guide as a practical method for public health agencies to plan for developing, adopting, or purchasing an interactive Web-based data dissemination system. The principles and best practices discussed in this guide are based on lessons learned from the actual experience of public health agencies that have been through the process. The guidelines incorporate best practices and industry standards in software development and are consistent with federal guidelines on accessibility based on Section 508 of the U.S. Rehabilitation Act and CDC interface guidelines."

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