The Indiana State Department of Health has launched a free app that easily links Hoosiers with data and resources about specific injuries and provides strategies to prevent injury at the state and local level.
The Preventing Injuries in Indiana: Injury Prevention Resource Guide is available for Android and IOS (Apple) systems. The app features buttons for 10 common sources of injury, such as distracted driving, sexual assault, prescription overdoses and falls among older adults. Each category includes a description of the scope of the problem in Indiana and the United States, discusses how the problem is being addressed and includes links to resources.
Users can search for specific items and download pdf versions of material included in the app, or they can share data from the app through email and social media. The app includes an email address for the health department’s Division of Trauma and Injury Prevention, which will be updating and expanding the app in the coming months.
“The goal of the app is to serve as a guide that can provide easily accessible and understandable information and data on the size and scope of specific injuries in Indiana, while highlighting effective evidence-based solutions to the problem of injury,” said Katie Hokanson, director of Trauma and Injury Prevention for the health department.
The injury prevention app is the second app developed for the Indiana State Department of Health. The MyVaxIndiana app was launched in October 2013 and allows Hoosiers to access their immunization records from mobile devices.
“The injury prevention app will put valuable information at Hoosiers’ fingertips just as MyVaxIndiana allowed residents to quickly access their vaccination records,” said State Health Commissioner Jerome Adams, M.D., M.P.H. “It’s exciting to see the ways we can use technology to help keep Hoosiers safe and improve their health.”
For more information about preventing injury in Indiana, go to http://www.in.gov/isdh/19537.htm or follow the Trauma and Injury Prevention Division on Twitter at @INDTrauma. Visit the Indiana State Department of Health at www.statehealth.in.gov, or follow us on Twitter at @StateHealthIN.