|Health Issues of Concern||
Cancer, Circulatory System, Respiratory System, Skin Disorders
No monitoring programs are yet associated with this indicator.
Associated Programs data not provided.
Health Issues of Concern is reported in the Sustainability Dashboard. Indicators in the Sustainability Dashboard focus on economic, environmental, and community health in the Lake Tahoe Region.
A healthy community contains more productive members of society, reduces local health care system costs and promotes healthy behavior choices of its residents and visitors. Understanding the health of a community and the primary ailments of concern helps decision makers allocate resources for specific prevention programs and enables planners to design communities that promote more healthy behaviors. Understanding the principal diagnosis groups are important when determining whether or not hospitals in the region are meeting the needs of local citizens.
This indicator measures the annual total count of patients discharged from Tahoe hospitals by principal diagnosis group. The California Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development (OSHPD) tracks 19 principal diagnosis group, but this indicator only reports on cancer, circulatory system, respiratory system, and skin disorder diagnosis groups. These groups were selected because they consistently have the highest total patient counts and/or they are the most relevant health conditions experienced by Tahoe residents.