What is RIO™?

RIO™ (Reporting Information Online) is an internet-based surveillance software developed by Dr. Dawn Comstock. This powerful yet flexible surveillance software has been the centerpiece of Dr. Comstock’s injury surveillance research.

RIO™ History

The first version of the RIO™ software was developed in 2004 to provide Dr. Comstock with a time and cost effective source for a user friendly, easy to navigate, easy to access internet-based data collection tool that could be used to conduct injury surveillance research in large, geographically dispersed populations of reporters that were submitting large amounts of data at consistent intervals over a long study period. RIO™ is a real-time data collection tool that allows reporters 24/7 access to input, revise and update data reports either at the designated reporting time (i.e., weekly, etc.) or retrospectively.

Dr. Comstock has utilized the RIO™ software to conduct multiple injury surveillance studies in large nationally dispersed study samples including:

  • High school sports-related injuries using certified athletic trainers as reporters

  • Injuries and illnesses among campers and staff members at summer camps using a variety of reporters (camp physician, nurse, wilderness first aid provider, director, etc.)

  • High school rugby-related injuries using a variety of reporters (coach, team athletic trainer, team parent, etc)

  • Women’s professional football-related injuries using team physicians or athletic trainers as reporters

Data captured in these studies have been used to identify the rates, patterns and trends in adverse events among physically active participants of such activities in order to drive the development of evidence-based, targeted interventions to improve the health and safety of these populations by lowering the number and/or severity of adverse events such as injuries and illnesses.

For more information on RIO™, visit the Pediatric Injury Prevention Education and Research (PIPER) Program at the Colorado School of Public Health.

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