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Standards for Occupational Health Data Exchanges

These wiki pages will serve as a project management tool and an informational resource about the project activities.

Upcoming Project Events

Project Completed -- See Project Archives for past Project Events

Background and Objectives

Project Scope Statement
Project Timeline

The focus of the project is to achieve consistency within existing work and to establish implementation standards that ensure consistent use of occupation information going forward. The representation of occupation information requires a combination of occupation and industry data. The two factors when joined and encoded with standard terminology, express occupation in a consistent way that supports the wide array of uses for the information. Currently a common representation of occupation does not exist. Consequently, occupation information has been represented inconsistently over time and within different implementations. The inconsistent representation of occupation information prevents efficient, clean interoperability and aggregation of data.

In addition, the project will foster awareness, partnerships, and collaboration at the local, state, and national levels in developing Health IT (HIT) standards for Occupational Health (OH) data exchanges with clinical EHR-Ss and publc health information systems; and to enable the integration of OH data into interoprability standards to meet the health data needs of public and private organizations, agencies, and individuals, PHDSC will be working with Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise (IHE) to develop interoperability HIT standards for HIT products that will appropriately capture OH data and allow the use of OH data for public health surveillance and occupational risk factor analysis.

The project is aimed to address three goals related to (1) capture and (2) use of OH data as follows:

  1. Capture OH Data - Defining how to represent consistently demographic information about occupation across information content standards (Health Level Seven (HL7) Clinical Document Architecture (CDA) standard, and IHE Content Profiles)
  2. Use OH Data - Defining how to use demographic information about occupation to create consistently information related to occupation demographic data, such as occupational risk factors
  3. Raise awareness of the public health community about HIT interoperability standards for occupational health data exchanges

The objectives of this project are as follows:

  • Objective 1: Establish a common representation for occupation demographic information
  • Objective 2: Establish a standard method for using occupation and industry data to construct dependent information, such as occupational risk factors.
  • Objective 3: Provide the public health community with information about HIT standardization for OH data exchanges

Project Team

Name Role Email Phone Number
Genny Luensman Project Officer (513) 841-4228
Alla Fridman Project Manager   (410) 385-5272
Maiko Minami Project Coordinator (360) 244-4344
Lisa Nelson Expert (401) 219-1165
Anna Orlova Principal Investigator   (410) 385-5272

Project Calls

Project Calls
July 23, 2012, 2-3pm ET - Project Planning Call February 21, 2013, 4-5pm ET - NIOSH Data Structures Review Call
August 6, 2012, 2-3pm ET - Project Team Call March 13, 2013, 11-12pm ET - LOINC Codes Call
August 20, 2012, 2-3pm ET - Project Team Call April 8, 2013, 2-3pm ET - Project Team Call
August 23, 2012, 2-3pm ET - Project Team Call - Occupation & Industry Codes April 15, 2013, 2-3pm ET - Project Team Call
August 29, 2012, 9-4pm ET - Project In-Person Meeting (Morgantown, WV) April 22, 2013, 2-3pm ET - Project Team Call
September 17, 2012, 10-11am ET - Project Team Call - canceled April 29, 2013, 2-3pm ET - Project Team Call
December 4-5, 2012 - 2012 Technical Profile Evaluation Meeting - McLean, VA May 13, 2013, 2-3pm ET - Project Team Call
February 8, 2013, 1-2pm ET - Project Team Call May 21, 2013, 11-12pm ET - Project Team Call
May 28, 2013, 3-4pm ET - Project Team Call


IHE Meetings

IHE meetings are subject to change. See the IHE website's meetings calendar or IHE Wiki for the most current meeting dates.

Working Documents

Documents listed in this section present project materials that are currently under development or under review by the Project Team.

IHE Occupational Data for Health (ODH) Profile

Analysis Summary of Occupational Health Data Representation

IHE Change Proposal for Occupational Data for Health (ODH) Profile


  • Eileen Storey, Genevieve Luensman. Achieving Public Health Goals Through Information Technology Standardization: Occupational Data (PDF)(PPT). Public Health Data Standards Consortium Annual Meeting. November 8-9, 2012. Hyattsville, MD
  • Anna Orlova. Project Overview - Assure Health IT Standards for Public Health: HIT Standards for Occupational Health Data Exchanges (PDF)(PPT). Presentation at CDC NIOSH Site Visit. August 29, 2012. Morgantown, WV
  • Lisa Nelson. Summary of Analysis of OH data representation in HIT Standards, Technical Context and Technical Update (PDF)(PPT). Presentation at CDC NIOSH Site Visit. August 29, 2012. Morgantown, WV.

IHE Administrative References


IHE Proposal for Occupation & Industry Data Addition

Analysis Summary of Occupational Health Data Representation

IHE Profile(s)

  • IHE Occupational Data for Health (ODH) Profile: Data Elements and Associated Value Sets - 5/28/2013
  • Continuity of Care Document (CCD) with Occupational Data for Health (ODH) - 6/2/2013
    • (XML) - XML CDA document conforming to Consolidated CDA Continuity of Care document template. Document includes new Occupational Data For Health section.
    • (JPG) - JPEG image of ODH sub-section from CDA sample.
    • (PDF) - Health Summary with ODH: PDF of human-readable contents of sample CDA document demonstrating new ODH sub-section.

PHDSC Web Resource Center: Public Health in HIT Standardization

Presentations and Webinars


Project Reports

Additional Resources


This project is supported through the Cooperative Agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC); Grant #5U38HM000455-3