HealthStatus has a solid collection of Internet based health assessments targeted to consumers. The assessments are written to eighth grade reading level, which makes them a good choice for the blue-collar as well as the white-collar user. Peer reviewed scientific studies are the basis for all our assessments. Algorithms and published data from organizations such as the CDC, WHO, Carter Center of Emory University and the Framingham Heart Study have allowed us to develop our assessments. HealthStatus continually monitors the medical community for pertinent information that should be added to the assessments.
Our software is licensed to run on your web servers. You have complete control of the hardware, the software and the data. Included in our license is time for basic installation and customization, so there is no long learning curve for your technology people to learn how to setup the software and make it work. We are happy to do more extensive customization and have designed the software from the ground up to accommodate these types of requests. We also built in the ability to handle multiple populations with one installation of the software. If you are an organization operating under multiple brands, one license can serve all your brands and each can have their own look and feel, and group reports can be run for each brand or a composite report can be generated.
The HealthStatus.com assessments are based on current Internet technology. The assessment programs run on the server of the host web site and the data is stored in either ASCII or SQL compatible databases. Using standard open source applications allow us to support almost any web server platform. Custom HTML templates are easily created for the input pages and the output reports, which results in a look and feel that matches your web site exactly. Our expertise allows a drop-in assessment solution for almost any Internet or Intranet web site. By storing the data in standard database formats, you can access the data using common tools to create your own special reports for follow-up, intervention programs or individual education. This data can also be used to present more focused content over the rest of your web site or in emails that you send to your membership.
We take security seriously. Since you host the database on your servers, it allows you ultimate control on who gets access to what information. If you already have a user login program in place, we will use common industry practices to make our software work with your technology. We can also encrypt personally identifiable information before storing it in the database if you desire.
The health risk assessment is based on the Healthier People study done by the Carter Center of Emory University. HealthStatus has updated this version, using current mortality information and expanding the number of risks calculated. The question set is about forty-five questions long. The number of questions is dependant on sex and smoking status. The standard output report is ten pages, with the final page being a doctor’s chart report. Standard within the report is a cover letter explaining what the assessment is and its purpose. Users get a listing of their top ten risks of mortality and a comparison to U.S. averages. Basic measures for the individual showing the inputs of height, weight, sex, calculated values of BMI and other important details. The report has about five pages with paragraphs reporting at-risk behavior, ideas for improvement or encouragement in areas that the user has reduced risk. Based on the answers supplied and risks calculated a list of Internet resources is provided for the user. There is an option to add a print friendly version of the report. Also provided with the general assessment is a group report. This group report shows the status of your group in critical areas and can help you to quickly determine which educational or intervention programs will provide the most benefit.
The disease specific assessments for diabetes and cardiac disease utilize all the same technologies as our general health assessment. The cardiac assessment is based on a subset of Healthier People with additional information and algorithms from the Framingham Heart Study. The question set for this assessment is twenty-one questions in length. The report for the cardiac assessment utilizes bar graphs and an indicator “light”, showing low, medium or high risk in eight key areas. A cover letter and summary page are also included in the four page standard version of this report. The diabetes assessment is quick to take and easy to use. Based on the American Diabetes Association’s published work, the question set is ten questions long. A simple report tells the user their risk for diabetes and what specific habits they should work on to reduce their risk.
HealthStatus used the work of several fitness experts to create our online fitness assessment. The assessment consists of three parts; first the user completes the Physical Activity Readiness Questionnaire (PARQ), to determine if they should proceed with the assessment. After answering the PARQ, the user is given instructions on doing a multipart fitness assessment; the portions covered are trunk flexibility, muscular endurance and cardiorespiratory endurance. An instruction page is delivered to the users browser, after completing the four activities the user returns to the site and enters their scores and some body measurements. A two-page report with cover letter and results for each area is returned.
The assessments are available for licensing individually or as a group. The onetime licensing fee covers the following: license for one web server, installation and setup for the web server, and first year maintenance. You can process an unlimited number of assessments on your server, there are no per assessment fees. Depending on the package you select up to thirty hours of customization is also included, which may be used for graphic design matching the look and feel of your site for input and output reports, customization of the cover pages for each report, integration with your current registration or user system. Should you have the need to support multiple sites or multiple user groups within one web site, HealthStatus.com can work with you to provide the best, least cost solution. Each year a maintenance fee is required for updates to the programs, additional reports, algorithm and mortality table updates.