Health Care Costs; Health Information Exchange; Performance Measurement; Disparities
Health care organizations are now emphasizing evidence-based medicine, which involves using research findings on the effectiveness of various practices to help make treatment decisions for patients. A parallel practice that is receiving increased attention is using data and the findings from data analysis to inform the policymaking process. The data-driven policy framework presented here involves an explicit statement of priorities and policy questions to be answered by new and existing data and provides general guidance for using data to support the process of developing policy options for the health care safety net.
Weinick, R. M. & Shin, P. (2004). Monitoring the health care safety net: Developing data-driven capabilities to support policymaking (AHRQ pub. no. 04-0037). Rockville, MD: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.