Montana Indicator-Based Information System (MT-IBIS)

The Montana Indicator Based Information System (MT-IBIS) is an online tool which makes information from a number of public health topics and datasets publicly available. It provides access to data from the following data sources:

  • Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS)
    • BRFSS is a cross-sectional telephone survey conducted annually in all 50 states, as well as the District of Columbia and three U.S. territories. It is co-sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services (MT DPHHS) and has been administered throughout Montana since 1984.  The survey collects data relevant to health risk behaviors, chronic health diseases, and preventative health practices. It also collects information on various demographic factors including age, gender, race, income level, educational attainment, and more. The survey includes a core survey which is collected every year and additional modules funded to occur on a scheduled basis.
  • Hospital Discharge Dataset (HDD)
    • HDD describes patient discharges from participating hospitals. The Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services (DPHHS) has a memorandum of agreement with the Montana Hospital Association (MHA) to receive a subset of inpatient admission (2000 onward) and emergency department (ED; 2010 onward) data elements based on the Uniform Billing 2004 form (UB-04). The MHDDS currently includes short stay non-Federal hospitals that participate with MHA. Large Montana hospitals all submit data annually to MHA, most critical access hospitals also submit data; this captures an estimated 95% of admissions in Montana. Data is parsed into Emergency Department encounters and hospitalizations. Information about the reason for encounter can be derived from universally used ICD codes.
  • Mortality (death) records
    • Information in the vital statistics system consists of six vital events that are required to be reported and maintained by law; live births, deaths, fetal deaths, induced abortion, marriage, and divorce. The Office of Vital Records (OVR) utilizes an electronic registration system for births, deaths, and fetal deaths. For deaths, the system collects identifying information on the decedent; demographic data such as address, age, sex, race, and occupation; circumstances of the death, such as date and place; the underlying cause of death and contributing causes of death. Deaths to infants less than one year of age are matched to their corresponding death certificates and the resulting linked infant birth/death files contain all the data mentioned above from both the birth and death certificates.