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WHA Information Center (WHAIC) is increasing its analytical services.  WHAIC has the capability to answer questions and support business decisions through data mining, and independent review of methods, analyses and presentation quickly and efficiently - providing users with a set of actionable data that has been tailored specifically for an organization's needs and for the area of interest.

WHAIC has ready access to the hospital and ambulatory surgery center discharge data sets, the Wisconsin Health Information Organization (WHIO) DataMart, and the State of Wisconsin RN Nursing Workforce database.  In addition to analytics, please check out all Data Products available from the WHAIC.

Fast Facts

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    Summer Activity Injuries

    Longer days and warmer temperatures bring Americans to the great outdoors for barbeques, splashing in the pool or spending a day on the lake. With more time spent outside comes an increased risk of injury. A Kaiser Permanente study found that there is a 15-27% percent increase in visits to the emergency room department between Memorial Day and Labor Day.

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    June is Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention noted that 5.7 million Americans are living with the progressive brain disorder known as Alzheimer’s disease. This condition is the sixth leading cause of death for all adults and the fifth for adults aged 65 years and older.

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    A Look at Lyme Disease

    According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Lyme disease is the most common vector-borne disease found within the U.S. The agency estimates that close to half-a-million people get Lyme disease each year.

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    May is Mental Health Month

    Mental illnesses are the conditions that affect one’s mood, thinking, behavior such as depression, anxiety, and schizophrenia. Mental illnesses are some of the most common health conditions found in the United States. The CDC states that “more than 50% of people will be diagnosed with a mental illness or disorder at some point in their lifetime. And one-in-five Americans will experience a mental illness in a given year.”

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    April is Alcohol Awareness Month

    Alcohol consumption is associated with many treasured Wisconsin pastimes—from tailgating to a visit to the local microbrewery. These traditions, of course, can be taken too far: Wisconsin’s alcohol use rates are among the highest in the nation.  Alcohol Awareness Month aims to focus attention on the negative economic and health impacts of alcohol consumption

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    March is Brain Injury Awareness Month

    March is Brain Injury Awareness Month, and the Brain Injury Association of American hopes that its awareness campaign will increase understanding of brain injury as a chronic condition, reduce the stigma associated with having a brain injury, showcase the diversity of injuries and the demographics of the community, and improve care and support for individuals with brain injury and their families. 

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    February is American Heart Month

    February is recognized as American Heart Month to raise awareness and education about the seriousness of protecting your heart health.  Heart disease was the leading cause of death in the United States in 2018, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 

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    Drug Overdoses

    According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there were approximately 67,000 deaths in the United States due to drug overdoses in 2018. That number is four times higher than the drug overdose death number in 1999. Opioids currently account for the greatest of all drug overdose deaths in Wisconsin. 

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    November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month

    November is recognized as Lung Cancer Awareness Month, bringing attention to this specific type of cancer through education and the sharing of personal experiences. The American Cancer Society estimates that there will be about 228,820 new cases of lung cancer (116,300 in men and 112,520 in women) in 2020.

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    October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

    Breast cancer is one of the most commonly recognized forms of cancer, and for good reason. According to the American Cancer Society, approximately 1 in 8 women in the United States will develop breast cancer in her lifetime. It is estimated that in 2020, there will be over 275,000 new cases of invasive breast cancer and almost 50,000 new non-invasive cases. 

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    September is Childhood Cancer Awareness

    Each day in the United States, 43 children are diagnosed with cancer (St. Jude, 2020). Worldwide, there are more than 300,000 children under the age of 18 who are diagnosed with some form of cancer. September is dedicated as Childhood Cancer Awareness to bring attention to the children affected by this serious disease, show the important of life-saving research, and joining people together to help make a difference in the children’s lives.

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    August is Children’s Eye Safety Month

    Eye injuries when sustained in childhood can be very dangerous and potentially permanent depending on the situation. Accidentally prone children may not understand the implications that come with hurting their eyes. The goal of Children’s Eye Safety Month is to raise awareness about eye and vision injuries, show the importance of healthy vision and early detection of vision problems.

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    Be Safe Around Fireworks

    Few things say “Fourth of July” like watching a fireworks show. For many across the country it’s the traditional mark of the celebrated holiday. Americans love fireworks so much that in 2018, American Pyrotechnics Association recorded over $945 million worth of fireworks were purchased for consumer use. Trends of consumer and display firework purchases has increased every year since 1998.

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    Be Safe in the Sun!

    Summertime means more fun in the sun, and it's important to be careful about your health! WHAIC has statistics from 2019 that should have you reaching for the SPF30.

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    May is National Bike Month

    May is National Bike Month. It’s the perfect time to get out and ride with your family and friends. 

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    More than 2,000 Kids Visit Wisconsin Hospital Emergency Departments for Dental Care

    According to the Health Policy Institute, most dental ED visits are non-traumatic dental conditions and patients receive prescriptions for pain or antibiotics for infections in most instances. Patients who visit an ED with a non-traumatic dental condition would be better served in a dental office setting due to the availability of definitive care and the likelihood of continuity of care.

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    Wisconsin Had 15,888 COPD Inpatient Admissions

    Life is difficult with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), from chronic cough and shortness of breath to fatigue and wheezing. COPD is the third-leading cause of death in the U.S. (after cancer and heart disease).