A Prototype System Approach for the Definition of Medical Information Requirements.
NAVAL HEALTH RESEARCH CENTER SAN DIEGO CA
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The Navy Occupational Health Information Monitoring System NOHIMS is designed to coordinate the components of the Navys occupational health program. The primary objectives of this system include identifying employees, determining and evaluating their exposures, and maintaining an historical file of the medical and environmental information. In order to facilitate communication between the system developers and the intended users, an interim system was implemented and modified according to user feedback. Several of the changes to the initial system are discussed and the impact of NOHIMS on the program at a pilot facility is evaluated by analyzing the patterns of laboratory tests performed before and after the implementation of NOHIMS. This analysis indicated that the implementation of NOHIMS resulted in fewer tests for employees with minimal exposures and more tests for personnel with serious exposures. It was concluded that NOHIMS improved the utilization of the clinics resources and that the interim system contributed to the systems efficiency by facilitating communication between the systems designers and users.
- Information Science
- Computer Programming and Software
- Environmental Health and Safety