Public health agencies have long been at the forefront of protecting and promoting the well-being of communities. In recent years, these agencies have started to embrace transformative technologies such as Artificial Intelligence (AI) and advanced analytics to enhance their capabilities and become more efficient. One of the key areas where AI and advanced analytics have made a significant impact at public health organizations is through the use of data to improve outcomes and better inform decision makers.
The CDC is one such agency taking advantage of what technology has to offer. The NIOSH Industry and Occupation Computerized Coding System (NIOCCS) has been around for a little over 10 years, and currently in its fourth major version. At a high level, the system translates industry and occupation text data into standardized codes so that they can be used for research and analysis purposes. A recent Forbes article provides more details on the system as well as the benefits the system has provided over the past decade. The full Forbes article can be found here.