Thursday, February 23, 2012

Deaths due to Chronic Lower Respiratory Diseases, 1999-2007

The map below shows the age-adjusted mortality rate due to chronic lower respiratory diseases from 1999-2007. The overall rate for Oklahoma was 55.7 deaths per 100,000 population, with a rate of 55.4 deaths per 100,000 population for rural counties (see map of rural Oklahoma). Dewey County had the highest rate at 79.2 deaths per 100,000 population and Harper County had the lowest rate at 33.3 deaths per 100,000 population. Regionally, southeast Oklahoma had the highest rate at 57.4 deaths per 100,000 population. The lowest regional rate was in northwest Oklahoma, including the Panhandle, at 50.6 deaths per 100,000 population. Northeast Oklahoma had a rate of 56.6 deaths per 100,000 population and the southwest region had a rate of 56.0 deaths per 100,000 population.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Deaths due to Cerebrovascular Diseases, 1999-2007

The map below shows the age-adjusted mortality rate due to cerebrovascular diseases from 1999-2007. The overall rate for Oklahoma was 61.7 deaths per 100,000 population, with a rate of 59.9 deaths per 100,000 population for rural counties (see map of rural Oklahoma). Both Kiowa County and Harper County had the highest rate at 97.8 deaths per 100,000 population and Cimarron County had the lowest rate at 27.7 deaths per 100,000 population. Regionally, southwest Oklahoma had the highest rate at 65.1 deaths per 100,000 population. The lowest regional rate was in northwest Oklahoma, including the Panhandle, at 59.4 deaths per 100,000 population. Northeast Oklahoma had a rate of 60.1 deaths per 100,000 population and the southeast region had a rate of 59.6 deaths per 100,000 population.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Deaths due to Diabetes Mellitus, 1999-2007

The map below shows the age-adjusted mortality rate due to diabetes mellitus from 1999-2007. The overall rate for Oklahoma was 29.3 deaths per 100,000 population, with a rate of 31.8 deaths per 100,000 population for rural counties (see map of rural Oklahoma). Harmon County had the highest rate at 119.6 deaths per 100,000 population and Harper County had the lowest rate at 10.9 deaths per 100,000 population. Regionally, southeast Oklahoma had the highest rate at 30.9 deaths per 100,000 population. The lowest regional rate was in northwest Oklahoma, including the Panhandle, at 27.7 deaths per 100,000 population. Northeast Oklahoma had a rate of 28.8 deaths per 100,000 population and the southwest region had a rate of 29.7 deaths per 100,000 population.

Monday, February 20, 2012

Deaths due to Malignant Neoplasms, 1999-2007

The map below shows the age-adjusted mortality rate due to malignant neoplasms (or cancer) from 1999-2007. The overall rate for Oklahoma was 199.6 deaths per 100,000 population, with a rate of 203.3 deaths per 100,000 population for rural counties (see map of rural Oklahoma). Harmon County had the highest rate at 254.7 deaths per 100,000 population and Roger Mills County had the lowest rate at 131.5 deaths per 100,000 population. Regionally, southeast Oklahoma had the highest rate at 209.6 deaths per 100,000 population. The lowest regional rate was in northwest Oklahoma, including the Panhandle, at 185.6 deaths per 100,000 population. Northeast Oklahoma had a rate of 203.9 deaths per 100,000 population and the southwest region had a rate of 196.3 deaths per 100,000 population.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Deaths due to Diseases of the Heart, 1999-2007

The map below shows the age-adjusted mortality rate due to diseases of the heart from 1999-2007. The overall rate for Oklahoma was 281.5 deaths per 100,000 population, with a rate of 292.3 deaths per 100,000 population for rural counties (see map of rural Oklahoma). Coal County had the highest rate at 457.5 deaths per 100,000 population and Cimarron County had the lowest rate at 202.6 deaths per 100,000 population. Regionally, southeast Oklahoma had the highest rate at 312.6 deaths per 100,000 population. The lowest regional rate was in northwest Oklahoma, including the Panhandle, at 259.1 deaths per 100,000 population. Northeast Oklahoma had a rate of 277.2 deaths per 100,000 population and the southwest region had a rate of 281.1 deaths per 100,000 population.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Physician Assistants by County, February 2012

The map below shows the number of active physicians assistants by county. The data used to create this map was provided by the Oklahoma Board of Medical Licensure and Supervision.

Friday, February 10, 2012

2012 Kaiser Family Foundation Student Essay Contest

Different elements of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) will have broad reaching implications for many sectors of the health system, including insurance coverage, public programs, costs, quality of care, technology, public health, and health care workforce.

  • Describe an element of the ACA that you feel will have a major impact on either health or health care (positive or negative).
  • Explain why you think it is important and then discuss the major challenges in its implementation as well as its likely impact once it is put into practice.

Your essay must not exceed 1,000 words. The deadline for submitting essays is Monday, March 12, 2012, 5 p.m. EST.

For more information about the contest and to enter, please visit the Kaiser Family Foundation Website

Friday, February 3, 2012

Oklahoma Health Information Exchange Trust Update - February 2012

From the February 2012 edition of the Oklahoma Osteopathic Association's Oklahoma D.O., Val Schott, MPH, Chief Executive Officer of the Oklahoma Health Information Exchange Trust (OHIET), reviews the Trust's voucher program and how providers and hospitals can become eligible for the funds.

Clicking the image will open the article as a PDF.