NJSHAD History and AcknowledgmentsThe current NJSHAD system (NJSHAD II) was adopted and adapted by the New Jersey Department of Health (NJDOH) in 2007-2008. It is based on the Utah Department of Health's Indicator-Based Information System for Public Health (IBIS-PH) and is intended to replace NJDOH's original health data query system, NJSHAD I.
In 2001, work was begun by the Center for Health Statistics (CHS) on NJDOH's first health data query system. At the time, it was decided to adopt the Missouri Department of Health's Missouri Information for Community Assessment (MICA) online query system and adapt it for New Jersey. The SHAD I system was maintained by two CHS staff members and one Office of Information Technology Systems (OITS) staff member. It contained birth, death, matched infant death-birth, fetal death, and marriage data and allowed users to make custom data tables and map outcomes at the county level. However, the MICA-based system as implemented was not able to adequately handle survey data, such as data from the NJ Behavioral Risk Factor Survey. So, in 2006, work was begun to find a satisfactory replacement for NJSHAD I that could query survey data in addition to population data like vital events.
In 2007, it was decided that Utah's IBIS-PH system would be able to do that and much more. IBIS-PH has query capabilities and it was also developed such that web content (tabulated numeric data, graphs, and public health contextual information) could be stored in a database. Web pages are generated dynamically from the data stored in the IBIS-PH database. This allows for bits of information to be updated without requiring re-publishing of a static webpage. In addition, it allows for maintenance of the pages to be distributed among multiple programs in the organization. Significant assistance in database design, database data entry interface, and web reporting was provided by Garth Braithwaite through a contract with Software Technology Group, Inc. in Salt Lake City, Utah and by Lois Haggard of the New Mexico Department of Health, formerly of the Utah Department of Health.
Funding for NJSHAD II implementation was provided in part through the NJDOH Consumer and Environmental Health Services' Environmental Public Health Tracking (EPHT) Cooperative Agreement Number 5 U38EH000196-03 from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. NJSHAD's contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
States or others wishing to adopt the IBIS-PH technology should contact the IBIS-PH director at the Utah DOH by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.