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Standardization of data collection for the Lifetime Surveillance of Astronaut Health (LSAH)


2011 2011

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Abstract (summary)

Problems due to the lack of data standardization and data management have lead to work inefficiencies for the staff working with the vision data for the Lifetime Surveillance of Astronaut Health. Data has been collected over 50 years in a variety of manners and then entered into a software. The lack of communication between the electronic health record (EHR) form designer, epidemiologists, and optometrists has led to some level to confusion on the capability of the EHR system and how its forms can be designed to fit all the needs of the relevant parties. EHR form customizations or form redesigns were found to be critical for using NASA's EHR system in the most beneficial way for its patients, optometrists, and epidemiologists. In order to implement a protocol, data being collected was examined to find the differences in data collection methods. Changes were implemented through the establishment of a process improvement team (PIT). Based on the findings of the PIT, suggestions have been made to improve the current EHR system. If the suggestions are implemented correctly, this will not only improve efficiency of the staff at NASA and its contractors, but set guidelines for changes in other forms such as the vision exam forms. Because NASA is at the forefront of such research and health surveillance the impact of this management change could have a drastic improvement on the collection of and adaptability of the EHR. Accurate data collection from this 50+ year study is ongoing and is going to help current and future generations understand the implications of space flight on human health. It is imperative that the vast amount of information is documented correctly.

Indexing (details)


Subject
Management;
Public health;
Studies;
Astronauts
Classification
0454: Management
0573: Public health
Identifier / keyword
Health and environmental sciences; Social sciences; Astronaut health; Management case study
Title
Standardization of data collection for the Lifetime Surveillance of Astronaut Health (LSAH)
Author
Raval, Mansi
Number of pages
42
Publication year
2011
Degree date
2011
School code
0219
Source
MAI 50/05M, Masters Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
ISBN
9781267239884
Advisor
Dotson, Ebbin
Committee member
DelliFraine, Jami
University/institution
The University of Texas School of Public Health
Department
Policy & Community Health
University location
United States -- Texas
Degree
M.P.H.
Source type
Dissertations & Theses
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
1507192
ProQuest document ID
936784327
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
http://search.proquest.com/docview/936784327
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