Population health and health care use: an information system for policy makers


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Population health and health care use: an information system for policy makers

Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication1996
AuthorsRoos NP, Black CD, Frohlich N, DeCoster C, Cohen M, Tataryn DJ, Mustard CA, Roos LL, Toll F, Carriere KC, Burchill CA, MacWilliam L, Bogdanovic B
JournalThe Milbank quarterlyMilbank Q.
Pages3 - 31
Date Published1996
KeywordsDatabase Management Systems/organization & administration, Health Policy, Health Services Needs and Demand, Health Services/utilization, Humans, Manitoba, Models, Organizational, Population Surveillance/methods, Public Health
AbstractUniversity-based researchers in Manitoba, Canada, have used administrative data routinely collected as part of the national health insurance plan to design a population-based health information system (POPULIS). Decision-makers can use this system to make critical comparisons across regions of residents' health status, socioeconomic risk characteristics, and use of hospitals, nursing homes, and physicians. Policy makers have found this information system useful in providing answers to questions they are often asked: Which populations need more physician services? Which need fewer? Are high-risk populations poorly served or do they have poor health outcomes despite being well served? Does high utilization represent overuse or is it related to high need? Three commentaries follow.
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