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Improving Data for Decision Making: HHS Data Collection Strategies for a Transformed Health System

The HHS Data Council has completed an assessment of the HHS survey and data collection portfolio and developed a number of strategies and action steps.  The actions are designed to strengthen the capacity of HHS data collection resources; promote synergy and reduce duplication; assure efficiencies, quality, utility and timeliness; enhance HHS capacity for quick response data, improve State and local data and data on vulnerable populations, protect privacy and confidentiality, and address departmental data priorities.  The Council’s report also outlines a framework for coordination and integration in current data systems as well as opportunities for future integration and alignment of data from surveys, administrative data systems and EHR systems.