What do you do when a public health campaign makes it impossible for your colleagues to access information?
Do you know how to disseminate your findings to the public, or do you just have to go to your boss?
That’s the question posed by Recode’s Tech Report.
To get a clearer understanding of how public health groups are using the dissemination of data and findings, we spoke with Recode editor-in-chief Kara Swisher.
Tech Report: What are the steps you take when you’re asked to disseminated findings?
Recode: When we ask for shared data, we typically ask for the data.
We want to be sure that the people who are being asked to share it, they have it.
We can’t assume that they’re sharing it just because they’ve seen the article.
They have to be sharing it because they’re working on it.
In that case, the data is actually shared.
TechReport: What if a public group has shared a dataset with a healthcare organization?
Recoding: It’s the same thing.
The question is, is that shared data being shared with the healthcare organization or the public?
And the answer is that it’s a matter of public health, not public health organizations.
It’s not like we’re trying to prevent or treat this infection.
If you can’t access the data, then you can ask your coworkers to help you find it.
TechReach: Are you required to share a dataset, or can you share the data with an outside group?
Recoder: You have to share with an external group, which can be a healthcare group, a public agency, or a government agency.
TechInfo: What types of data do you use to disseminating information?
Recodes: We typically share public data with a broad range of partners.
The public can use it for public education, public policy, or community engagement.
Tech Info: If you are sharing information with healthcare organizations, how do you decide which data to share and when?
Recoded: You use a lot of criteria, and we can’t predict what that criteria will be.
If we know that it is public data, it’s available in the data that we have.
The key is that we want to share as much data as possible.
Tech Reporter: How much data should you share?
Recoders: We try to make sure that we’re sharing data with as much of it as possible so that we can have as many users and have as much visibility as possible about how public and healthcare organizations are working together.
Techreach: Do you have guidelines for sharing data to the media?
Recodic: There’s a lot more to this.
We generally look at things like demographics, demographics of a particular population, demographics and health of a specific group, and other metrics.
Tech Reach: What is your process for disseminating findings?