Interactive Health Databases on the Internet
Fabienne Sikron, Vita Barell
Health Services Research Unit, Ministry of Health
In order to obtain reliable, comprehensive and current data, information systems which enable flexible presentation or analysis are necessary, as opposed to static tables. On-line and interactive numeric health databases on the Internet are increasingly available. Interactive tables can be produced in many fields, eg., mortality, hospitalizations, cancer incidence, or motor vehicle accidents. The query screens are user-friendly and they can access remote, computerized data. Thus, it is possible to receive immediate responses to specific questions from national or international datasets, which can then be compared with local data - all without leaving one's chair. The aim of this review is to increase awareness of the existence of numeric health databases on the Internet, and their contribution to epidemiological research.