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


University-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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@article{Roos1996PopulationHA, title={Population health and health care use: an information system for policy makers.}, author={Noralou P. Roos and Charlyn D Black and Norman Frohlich and C Decoster and Marsha M . Cohen and Douglas J Tataryn and Cameron A. Mustard and Leslie L. Roos and Floyd N Toll and Keumhee Chough Carriere and Charles A. Burchill and Leonard R Macwilliam and Bogdan Bogdanovi{\'c}}, journal={The Milbank quarterly}, year={1996}, volume={74 1}, pages={3-31} }