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HI-IBIS Indicator Reports, Contents and Usage

About HI-IBIS Indicators

What Is an Indicator?

A health indicator is a numeric measure that depicts the health or health system status on a core public health construct.

Why "Indicator-Based"?

The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) found that comprehensive key indicator systems had the following positive effects:
  • Enhanced collaboration to address public issues.
  • Provided tools to encourage progress.
  • Informed decision making and improved research.
  • Increased public knowledge about key issues.

What Are Indicator Reports?

Indicator reports provide online numeric data for a health indicator as well as public health context (such as why it is important). Each Indicator Report has a graph (or several graphs) to give a picture of the data.

After looking at the Indicator Report for a specific measure if more detailed numeric data is needed, the Custom Query System (Build a Report) is available or HHDW can be contacted directly here.

Accessing and Using Indicator Reports

Indicator Report Indexes

You may use these indexes to browse HI-IBIS indicator reports. You will find links to these indexes in the drop-down menu under the "Indicator Reports" tab at the top of every HI-IBIS page.

  1. Indicator Reports

    You can view and search for indicator reports by topic using either the alphabetical or categorized index:

    HI-IBIS alphabetical index Alphabetical List - Browse through all available indicator reports listed in alphabetical order.
    Use the left navigation buttons on the indicator report pages to view all report content.

Indicator Report Graphs

Each indicator has a default graph that comes up on the indicator main page. Below the graph the data source is listed as well a link, 'View Graph Values', which a table of data points used in the graph. Other Views (if any) are listed below the data source.

Indicator Report Content and Navigation

Below are descriptions of each of the pages available from the left navigation buttons.

  • Important Facts

    The Important Facts page shows, at a minimum, the following sections:
    • Definition
    • Numerator
    • Denominator
    • Why Is This Important?
    • Healthy People 2020 Objective (if applicable)

    Other available sections include:
    • Data Interpretation Issues

  • Data View

    The Data View button lists all the views available for this indicator.

  • Other Resources & Links

    The Other Resources & Links page lists other places where more information can be found for this indicator.

Printing Indicator Reports

HI-IBIS indicator report pages are automatically formatted for printing. The information on the page is displayed without the top navigation or left navigation buttons, with margins set for 8 1/2 by 11 inch paper. HI-IBIS Graph colors were selected to maximize the ability to distinguish shades of gray when printed in black and white. If confidence interval data are available for the graph, you may view them on the graph by putting "?PrinterFriendly=x" in the address window, at the end of the current page URL.

How to Cite Indicator Reports

Use and reproduction of the information published on this website is encouraged and may be done without permission. Please refer to the HI-IBIS Citation page for suggested citations.

Please feel free to contact us if you have suggestions for additions or improvements to this website.

The information provided above is from the Hawaii Health Data Warehouse and the Hawaii State Department of Health's Hawaii-IBIS web site ( The information published on this website may be reproduced without permission. Please use the following citation: " Retrieved Sat, 22 January 2022 0:46:54 from Hawaii State Department of Health, Hawaii Health Data Warehouse, Indicator-Based Information System for Public Health Web site: ".

Content updated: Tue, 2 Oct 2018 08:55:06 HST