Health Information Systems: Design Issues and Analytic Applications

Health Information Systems: Design Issues and Analytic Applications

Health Information Systems: Design Issues and Analytic Applications

Health Information Systems: Design Issues and Analytic Applications

Synopsis

Mixing medical records with computer technology makes good medicine. This book provides practical guidance on using information systems effectively to answer questions of concern to those responsible for purchasing, managing, delivering and regulating health care services. The authors provide an introduction to health services research techniques, discuss the use of various data sources for analysis, and address the critical issues in using information systems.

Excerpt

This book introduces the basic concepts of health services research -- the key policy concerns that shape such research and the specific techniques used to conduct it. The book's central purpose is to provide practical guidance about using different types of data effectively to answer questions posed by a variety of stakeholders in the U.S. health care system.

The book is structured to meet the needs of multiple audiences. For chief executive officers (CEOs) and corporate decisionmakers, it offers a broad overview of the critical issues in using health care data. The book's technical chapters address analytic topics of concern to researchers and analysts who are working in private and public sector groups and are responsible for purchasing, managing, delivering, and regulating health care services.

WHAT DO STAKEHOLDERS WANT TO KNOW?

Stakeholders in the U.S. health care system include private and public purchasers of health plans, physicians, health plans, consumers, and public health programs. Each stakeholder wants access to information for different reasons. For example, private and public purchasers need to decide which health plans to offer their employees and want to ensure that they are getting the best value for their premium dollar. Physicians must keep abreast of advances in medicine so that they can provide full information to patients about treatment alternatives. Health plans need to manage enrollees effectively, monitor contracts with providers and facilities, and make financial decisions. Consumers must select health plans, doctors, and other health professionals that will meet their needs and contribute positively to their health status. Public health programs are responsible for ensuring that the health of the population is maintained and for tracking progress toward established community health goals.

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