Fracking Health Study
Guthrie health and Geisinger health systems have joined together to look at the effects of Drilling here in the twin tiers.
August 21, 2012
Twin Tiers (WENY) - Guthrie health and Geisinger health systems have joined together to look at the effects of Drilling here in the twin tiers. Using previous patient data and future analysis researchers plan to study health effects for at least the next 20 years. Guthrie Foundation Director, Laura Fitzgerald says it's an exciting time for the researchers because the project is the first of it's kind.
I think it's a unique project its the first of its kind in the area it hopefully will lead to other community health projects within the area and hopefully provide a community benefit to the surrounding communities.
The research will focus on three different areas, environmental exposures, health outcomes and community Impacts. Asthma, cardiovascular disease and cancer are some of the health problems that may be studied. Just like any new device or product, drilling and its effects must be looked at with a systematic process through clinical trials. In the past, this research couldn't have been done. Now with the system called the electronic health record, patient information and data can be shared between both Guthrie and Geisinger quickly. The study could also reveal more than just the health effects from drilling.
We're very excited for the population health effects that its going to show in regards to the Marcellus Shale but also other population studies that can be built off the organizational structures that we're setting in place now, says Fitzgerald.
The study will span somewhere between five and twenty years and has no end date. First results could be available by next year.