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Developing a Smartphone Interface for the Florida Environmental Public Health Tracking Web Portal

Jordan, Melissa MS; DuClos, Chris MS, GISP; Folsom, John MS; Thomas, Rebecca BA

Journal of Public Health Management and Practice: March/April 2015 - Volume 21 - Issue - p S50–S54
doi: 10.1097/PHH.0000000000000158
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As smartphone and tablet devices continue to proliferate, it is becoming increasingly important to tailor information delivery to the mobile device. The Florida Environmental Public Health Tracking Program recognized that the mobile device user needs Web content formatted to smaller screen sizes, simplified data displays, and reduced textual information. The Florida Environmental Public Health Tracking Program developed a smartphone-friendly version of the state Web portal for easier access by mobile device users. The resulting smartphone-friendly portal combines calculated data measures such as inpatient hospitalizations and emergency department visits and presents them grouped by county, along with temporal trend graphs. An abbreviated version of the public health messaging provided on the traditional Web portal is also provided, along with social media connections. As a result of these efforts, the percentage of Web site visitors using an iPhone tripled in just 1 year.

This article describes development of a smartphone interface for the Florida Environmental Public Health Tracking Web portal that provides access to data on environmental hazards and public health outcomes.

Bureau of Epidemiology, Florida Department of Health, Tallahassee.

Correspondence: Melissa Jordan, MS, Bureau of Epidemiology, Florida Department of Health, 4052 Bald Cypress Way, Bin A-12, Tallahassee, FL 32399 (Melissa.Jordan@flhealth.gov).

This project was supported by an award from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (grant no. U38-EH000941-01; Florida Environmental Public Health Tracking Network Implementation). Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The authors declare no conflicts of interest.

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